The JV Club with Janet Varney

The JV Club with Janet Varney
Remember what it was like to be an awkward teenager? And remember how some things haven’t really changed that much for you since then? Join proud dork Janet Varney as she explores the highs and lows of the bygone years with some of her favorite women as they talk their way through the terrible teens into adult-lescence. Warning: This Podcast Contains Sincerity.

Jamie Loftus
Jan 23 • 72 min
The delightful Jamie Loftus (The Bechdel Cast) joins JV to talk real-life SORTING HOUSES (!), band instrument hierarchy, Algebra-Hacky Sack-Juggalos. Also, I had to look up how to spell “hacky sack” but already knew how to spell “juggalo,” which m
Allie Goertz
Jan 16 • 79 min
Allie Goertz, the other half of the Round Springfield podcast, joins JV for a chat about regional accents that aren’t what they seem, cheddar cheese powder, and what it’s like to move all the way to “LA City!”
Julia Prescott
Jan 9 • 75 min
Discover the one time you should trust strangers with candy (okay, yes, we are talking about the tv show) in this episode with Max Fun friend and podcaster, Julia Prescott!
Emily Gordon
Jan 2 • 83 min
It’s a rerun of the episode with Emily Gordon (The Indoor Kids), chock-full of fond remembrances of first kisses, My So Called Life, and the once-pervasive Manic Panic hair dye.
Amanda Brooke Perin
Dec 26, 2019 • 64 min
Comedian and writer Amanda Brooke Perin handles JV’s oh-so-personal, prying questions about the weather in Alberta, on this tell-all episode of The JV Club!
Courtenay Hameister
Dec 19, 2019 • 77 min
Get out your Rydell High letterman/woman’s jacket and/or pomade up your hair for this chat with author and storyteller Courtenay Hameister
Abigail Spencer
Dec 12, 2019 • 72 min
Janet and Abigail Spencer face off to discuss counterculture of surfing, discovering Barbra Streisand, the rush of a flea market find, and the emotional magnetism of the City of Angels.
Alice Fraser
Dec 5, 2019 • 66 min
JV lolls on her bed on the phone, staring at the ceiling like a proper teen, with guest Alice Fraser (“Savage”).
Danielle Weeks
Nov 28, 2019 • 72 min
JV’s dear friend, actor and writer Danielle Weeks (“Baby Love”), who comes over to reminisce about their shared junior high experiences in Tucson.
DeAnne Smith
Nov 21, 2019 • 74 min
Surely this is the most mime-and-clowning-heavy episode of The JV Club to date, thanks to award-winning comedian DeAnne Smith.
Susan Yeagley
Nov 14, 2019 • 79 min
It’s not just anyone who gets featured in an Amy Grant music video, y’all. So load up your baked potato and delight in the joy that is Susan Yeagley (“Parks and Rec”) and her tales of the wonders of Nashville and surrounding areas. Including an up
Sarah Enni
Nov 7, 2019 • 83 min
FINALLY! A conversation about the Winchester Mystery House. But there’s more! The charming Sarah Enni (who you can also hear on the “First Draft with Sarah Enni” podcast) and her fellow chatterbox JV rove all over topics including staying interested
Lillie Mae
Oct 31, 2019 • 64 min
This week on the podcast the luminous Lillie Mae, musician extraordinaire, is freshly back from her tour with Robert Plant (yes, that Robert Plant!) and sits down with JV to talk mobile homes in the truest sense, pet deer and pigs, and the beautiful simpl
Kari Wahlgren
Oct 24, 2019 • 79 min
Water towers! Grain elevators! Hair bands! Surprise and delight await you in this week’s episode of the podcast, as the simply wonderful Kari Wahlgren (“Rick and Morty,” a million other things) hikes up a dirt mound and claims her place in the world!
Rebecca Knox
Oct 17, 2019 • 59 min
From ballet slippers to leather studs, this week’s guest Rebecca Knox (“Orange is the New Black”) has deep teenage roots in music… in part thanks to crying when she couldn’t get into a concert. So treat mouth to a crunchy salad and your ears to
Katie Compa
Oct 10, 2019 • 66 min
Comedian Katie Compa (“Hard Pass”) joins JV for a chew about Swedish culture, “mean girl” friendships and the mysterious spelling of “Bamf.”
Jennie Pierson
Oct 3, 2019 • 76 min
If you could cram a sleepover into an hour and change, you’d have this episode of The JV Club featuring Jennie Pierson (Showtime’s ‘Kidding”), whose wonderful imagination should surely be put to use in the realm of theme park design.
Tatum Lynn
Sep 26, 2019 • 70 min
This week: JV welcomes musician Tatum Lynn! Put on your tap shoes and tap, tap, tap your way through a world of non-glitzy pageants, playing on an all-boy basketball team, and impromptu PA performances at department stores.
Rebecca LaVoie
Sep 19, 2019 • 88 min
This week: Two Ladies, Two Couches. JV is tickled pink to chat with her podcast crush, Rebecca LaVoie (Crime Writers On; These Are There Stories) as Rebecca recovers from leg surgery (Folks- she’s doing great!) and reflects back on the general embarrass
Kit Pongetti
Sep 12, 2019 • 80 min
This week JV is delighted to welcome her dear friend, the uber-talented and hilarious Kit Pongetti (“Scrubs”), for a conversation consisting of 50% JV laughter! Plus! Falling in love at first strum and the special thrill of a good old fashioned stakeo
Terry Blas
Sep 5, 2019 • 85 min
It’s a last Boy of Summer post Labor Day! How scandalous! Indulge yourself with the delightful Mexican-American-Queer-Writer-Illustrator Terry Blas, whose experiences growing up Mormon in both Boise, ID and various places in Mexico make for quite a jour
Justin McElroy
Aug 29, 2019 • 90 min
Enjoy this multimedia festival of conversation and pre-loaded sound effects on this week’s episode with Boy of Summer Justin McElroy! And wait— what’s that in the air? It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Politically Incorrect Musical!
Michael Rosenbaum
Aug 22, 2019 • 91 min
This special Boys of Summer episode with Michael Rosenbaum (“Smallville” and oh-so-much-more) features the very first (and possibly only?) time JV gets a lesson in how to do a Walken impression. Enjoy Michael’s talent as much as you enjoy JV flailin
Scott Thompson
Aug 15, 2019 • 86 min
The sketch comedy legend that is Scott Thompson joins JV this week as a spectacularly fascinating and funny Boy of Summer, including a JV-jaw-dropping-moment after a disclosure by Scott that left her temporarily speechless.
Chris Sullivan
Aug 8, 2019 • 83 min
Throw on your merit badge tape up that racket for this conversational mosey with the delightful Chris Sullivan (“This is Us”), who may or may not be the secret son of a certain California “Governator!” Plus! Taking chances in music, life, love, an
Seamus Dever
Aug 1, 2019 • 75 min
In a rare and exciting twist, this week’s accomplished Boy of Summer Seamus Dever (“Castle”) also happens to be an old college chum of JV! Enjoy a reminiscence about Flagstaff Arizona, nerding out on Shakespeare, getting schooled on the wonders of Tom
Neil Patrick Harris
Jul 25, 2019 • 103 min
It’s a very special Boys of Summer with the audio from January’s SF Sketchfest Tribute to Neil Patrick Harris, in conversation with your good pal JV. Magic, Muppets and More!
Johnathan Fernandez
Jul 18, 2019 • 90 min
Join Boy of Summer Johnathan Fernandez (“Lethal Weapon”) for one of the most shocking revelations to ever occur on The JV Club… about the film Dirty Dancing. Plus! Sunday night braid sessions, secret beaches, and a new pastime we like to call Canoe
Chris Grimmett and Steven Pappas
Jul 11, 2019 • 91 min
Chris and Steven, the delightful gents from the Is This Adulting? podcast, have a phone tree with JV and talk cargo pants, undershirts, evangelical youth camps and the natural disasters of North Carolina in episode 331 of the podcast as Boys of Summer sau
Steve Berg
Jul 4, 2019 • 77 min
Heads up! It’s another Voyage to the Stars cohort, the delightful human being that is Steve Berg! (You also probably know him from tons of other stuff, too.) JV and SB goof around and talk river cities, football dustups, and late night college radio dj
Colton Dunn
Jun 27, 2019 • 57 min
This week JV sits down with Boy of Summer and Voyage to the Stars co-star Colton Dunn (“Superstore”) for a conversation about Michael Jordan t-shirts, hipster video stores, and what it means to be an “Act-lete.”
John C. McGinley
Jun 20, 2019 • 70 min
Boys of Summer rolls on as JV sits down with her friend and Stan Against Evil co-star John C. McGinley to yak about lazy susans and big families, endurance in sports and Broadway, and much more, including insight and information on Down’s Syndrome.
Susan Simpson
Jun 13, 2019 • 64 min
This week’s episode was recorded in front of a live audience at POD X in Nashville, Tennessee. JV takes a one-week break form the boys of Summer series to chat with attorney and podcaster Susan Simpson!
1st Boy Summer - Bassem Youssef
Jun 6, 2019 • 60 min
Boys of Summer begins with a heart-surgeon-turned-controversial-Egyptian-ex-pat: the fascinating and funny Bassem Youssef! From high school biology to cardiology, from watching Jon Stewart to becoming what some call Stewart’s Middle Eastern counterpart,
Teresa McElroy
May 30, 2019 • 72 min
Mind your shmanners, because this week’s guest is the delightful and talented Teresa McElroy! Learn about the follies of high school ID badges, the triumph of speech state competitions, and the guilty pleasure of a good old American hot dog
Ciera Payton
May 23, 2019 • 63 min
Clear backpacks, gator-laden bayous, and an absolutely extraordinary story of Hurricane Katrina come to you this week courtesy of the radiant Ciera Payton (“She’s Gotta Have It”), whose teenaged medical knowledge was of the “Anaconda” variety.
Tresa Edmunds Pt. 2
May 16, 2019 • 52 min
Come see Janet at PodX in Nashville from May 31 to June 2! Hosted by Janet Varney. Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.
Tresa Edmunds Pt. 1
May 9, 2019 • 89 min
It’s part one of a two-parter with advocate, entrepreneur and fellow Post-Mormon, Tresa Edmunds. Interwoven stories of Tresa’s unconventional (to say the least) teenage years and “big picture” Latter Day Saints atrocities in this we-had-to-talk-fo
Jenny Tolman
May 2, 2019 • 79 min
Meet the delightful singer/songwriter responsible for creating the opening song Jeff Bridges sang at Lebowski Fest! Nashville native Jenny Tolman hangs with JV in LA and these new gal pals talk Dolly and Burt, the glory of creative collaboration, and even
Irene Koh
Apr 25, 2019 • 71 min
Episode 320 welcomes the terrific and talented Irene Koh, illustrator extraordinaire of, among many other things, the Legend of Korra: Turf Wars books! Join JV and Irene as they dish on inspiring anime, old-timey Connecticut fruit stands, and complicated
Amber Nash
Apr 18, 2019 • 76 min
Atlanta, Atlantis, and other words that begin with an “A,” like Amber Nash! This week’s guest, perhaps most famous for her role on “Archer” (now in its TENTH season), regales JV with tales of Peruvian love, historic strip clubs and so much more
Bridget Nelson
Apr 11, 2019 • 77 min
Enjoy this episode with this real-life Attendant-to-the-Queen, Bridget Nelson (MST3K, Rifftrax) as she expounds with JV upon the marvels and dangers of thick shag carpet, grecian statues, and the kind of name-pun you can expect from a Tennessee Williams-l
Lilan Bowden
Apr 4, 2019 • 76 min
Put on your tank top and suuuuuuper baggy jeans for a visit with Lilan Bowden (known for her role in the Disney Channel show “Andi Mack”), and don’t let the Usher poster on her teenage wall fool you. From early improv to wall collages, this episode is a
Danielle Radford
Mar 28, 2019 • 87 min
The nearly nonstop Max Fun Crossovers continue! Try out your best Mid-Atlantic accent for this chat with Danielle Radford (Tights and Fights, Screen Junkies), who shows us the nefarious side of choir with surreptitious cigarettes and how a certain Little
Sydnee McElroy
Mar 21, 2019 • 84 min
Put on your sequined vest and don’t let the band kids snub you— you’re show choir royalty with this week’s guest, Sydnee McElroy (Sawbones)! It’s all about singing, the raggle taggle delights of high school theatre, and the long road to figuring
Alison Becker
Mar 14, 2019 • 72 min
This is what teenage Alison Becker (Star of the Maximum Fun podcast “Bubble!”) might refer to as “a really great episode, eh?” Join her as she takes JV for a trip from the firefly-laden woods of New Jersey across the globe to the mountains of Switzerl
Lindsey Kelk
Mar 7, 2019 • 76 min
Did your hometown have its own urban legend about a mine-slag-monster-man? If so, you may be from a village in Northern Britain, just like this week’s wonderful guest, author (and wrestling aficionado) Lindsey Kelk! Plus: Logans vs. Troys, Oasis vs. Tra
Ep. 312: Kara Morgan
Feb 28, 2019 • 93 min
Swing set Millennium Falcons! Giant Tinker Toys! Band bus makeouts! All this and oodles more with this week’s enchanting guest, Kara Morgan (“Fortune Rookie,” “The Kara Morgan Show”).
Erika De La Cruz
Feb 21, 2019 • 76 min
This week’s inspiring guest Erika De La Cruz (Passion to Paycheck) goes deep with JV about controversial tildes, NoCal and SoCal surprises, Lords and Rings, and the heartbreak and unexpected gifts of losing your home at nineteen.
Carrie Poppy
Feb 14, 2019 • 74 min
Calling all giant-cross-necklace owners and cross-legged sitters! If you’ve been waiting for a very niche episode of The JV Club made just for you, this episode with the wonderful Carrie Poppy (Oh No Ross and Carrie; Hidden Mickeys) is it. Everyone else
Vera Sola
Feb 7, 2019 • 82 min
Get ready to cut some alarm wires, escape your apartment and sneak on over for some teenage tales of literature devouring, lakeside sulking, and blue hair dying with musician Vera Sola, and find out who King Solomon was (no, not that King Solomon) and the
Live at SF Sketchfest with Scott Adsit, Aparna Nancherla and musical guest Matt Nathanson
Jan 31, 2019 • 85 min
This special episode recorded live at SF Sketchfest has a little something for everyone. Thrills! (Pneumatic high school theatre orchestra pits!) Chills! (Is Aparna a biter?) Spills! (Okay, maybe no spills. But aren’t you glad there weren’t any wet me
Emily Catalano
Jan 24, 2019 • 69 min
Comedian Emily Catalano joins JV mid-Sketchfest for a hotel room hang covering very controversial topics like earring backings, family card games, and comfy sweatshirts. But fear not! There’s also plenty of lighter fare, like heartbreak and religion.
Sonita Henry
Jan 17, 2019 • 71 min
JV’s old chum Sonita Henry (“Luther,” “Krypton”) pops over from across the pond to indulge JV’s interest in regional accents, Guyanese cooking, and Sonita’s adorable boyish alter ego Giuseppi.
Rachel McElroy
Jan 10, 2019 • 87 min
Join us this week for a very exciting guessing game of “Which Instrument Did You Play in the Marching Band” and much, much more with the simply delightful (and fellow only child) Rachel McElroy, who, it’s probably safe to say, had one of the most or
Carly Jibson
Jan 3, 2019 • 76 min
The very funny, very candid and very present Carly Jibson talks Broadway grinds, Tinder surprises and something wonderful called “Poopy Chicken,” all the while reminding us it’s possible to be vulnerable at the same time you’re being a complete ba
Alicia Witt
Dec 27, 2018 • 68 min
It’s a foamy almond milk latte of an episode with the delightful Alicia Witt, who talks Nashville, Bill Shakes, and the simple elegance of a tv show title when it’s as self-explanatory as “That’s Incredible!”
Breeda Wool
Dec 20, 2018 • 84 min
JV indulges her most recent lady crush with this week’s guest, the immensely talented Breeda Wool (Mr. Mercedes), whose precociousness combined with life in a sleepy college town created a perfect storm of pre-teen wildness. Plus! Homemade clothes, camp
Grace Helbig
Dec 13, 2018 • 71 min
Semper ubi sub ubi, everyone! This former New Jersey native and Latin Club superstar joins JV for a stroll down their mutual in-state scholarship experiences, a Halloween costume quid pro quo, and camping out in your teacher’s backyard.
Non-Boy-of-Summer: Eric Elbogen
Dec 6, 2018 • 81 min
To celebrate the 300th episode of The JV Club, JV is joined by Say Hi’s Eric Elbogen!
Special Announcment: The JV Club Joins Maximum Fun!
Nov 29, 2018 • 0 min
Great news, janitors! The JV Club will have a brand new home on Maximum Fun. Listen to find out when our 300th episode will debut on Maximum Fun.
Christina Hendricks Re-Release
Sep 20, 2018 • 56 min
Originally Aired 3/2/2012 It’s the first episode of The JV Club with Janet Varney! Throw on your tunic and Birkenstocks for a chat about small towns, the fierce passion of Celine Dion, and the importance of special effects in high school stage…
Boys of Summer Series: Cedric Yarbrough
Sep 6, 2018 • 75 min
Special Post-Labor Day Boy of Summer Cedric Yarbrough talks JV through the adventures of faking a bath, using a wall for your flattop, and having a secret college theatre identity. Oh, and it’s SEE-Dric.
Boys of Summer Series: Justin Willman
Aug 30, 2018 • 71 min
Put on your rollerblades and stay OFF your bike while this week’s Boy of Summer Justin Willman (Netflix’s “Magic for Humans”) indulges JV’s endless questions that somehow combine teen era trivia with magic-centric interrogation for this…
Boys of Summer Series: Jonathan Coulton
Aug 23, 2018 • 78 min
The wonderful, self-effacing yet let’s-face-it-multi-award-nominated Jonathan Coulton joins JV as the latest Boy of Summer with a cross-continental chat covering parties and guitars, the fierce competition of flavored chips, and what it takes to…
Boys of Summer Series: Mondo Cozmo/Josh Ostrander
Aug 16, 2018 • 73 min
The most important takeaway of this special episode with musician and Boy of Summer Mondo Cozmo/Josh Ostrander is that HE HURT HIS HAND PUNCHING A SHARK IN THE NOSE (self defense)! But you’ll also hear about basement-band-eavesdropping,…
Boys of Summer Series: Michael Irby
Aug 9, 2018 • 80 min
This week’s Boy of Summer is the extremely cool Michael Irby, star of the upcoming highly anticipated “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff, “Mayans,” and he brings with him tales of growing up Palm Springs-adjacent, the necessary amnesia of a good…
Boys of Summer Series: Stephen Falk Re-release
Aug 2, 2018 • 72 min
Originally aired 7/16/2015 It’s the badass creator of You’re the Worst, ! Episode 162 lets you straddle the disparate high school worlds of theatre, jazz band, and sports, and then fall in love with the new girl in school, who naturally drives a…
Boys of Summer Series: Jonathan Ames
Jul 26, 2018 • 102 min
Boy of Summer and author/screenwriter Jonathan Ames (“You Were Never Really Here,” “Blunt Talk”) joins JV for some satisfying deep-dives into mind, ego, body, aging and, of course, the appeal of a really cool mime.
Boys of Summer Series: Jordan Black
Jul 19, 2018 • 70 min
This week, SNL and Groundlings alum (and creator of The Black Version!) Jordan Black graces Boys of Summer with tales of Kankakee, Illinois in all its small-town glory… inspiring such topics as the perfect Bruce Springsteen song, a badass mom with…
Boys of Summer Series: Colin Miller
Jul 12, 2018 • 93 min
This week JV geeks out over the latest Boy of Summer: Undisclosed’s Colin Miller! From debate club to huevos rancheros; from long-distance running to a film club with a name that sounds like a funny-yet-unpleasant diagnosis (sorry Colin!), this law…
Boys of Summer Series: Kevin Murphy
Jul 5, 2018 • 81 min
This week’s Boy of Summer is the delightful, uke-strumming, movie-riffing, dog-paw-admiring, nose-fluting Kevin Murphy (“Mystery Science Theatre 3000”; Rifftrax), who regales JV with tales of abruptly-ending football “careers,” sibling…
Boys of Summer Series: Paul F. Tompkins Re-release
Jun 28, 2018 • 105 min
Originally aired 6/26/14 This week with the always wonderful Paul F. Tompkins: build a snow tunnel, sing a few piano tunes, or recite Edgar Allen Poe in the place where his macabre work truly shines, a brightly lit classroom. Boys of Summer…
Boys of Summer Series: Jordan Morris
Jun 14, 2018 • 78 min
From a shared mutual love of the “Miss Chevious” detective novels to the perennial — if scary — appeal of an old diving suit, JV and this week’s Boy of Summer Jordan Morris (Jordan Jesse, Go!) cover a lot of ground in both the real and…
Boys of Summer Series: Marc Evan Jackson Re-release
Jun 7, 2018 • 75 min
Originally Aired 6/11/2015 Hey, everybody — it’s the sublime ! The latest Boys of Summer episode will reveal some compelling and charming new things about the man you may also know as Sparks Nevada from . Addendum: you will not be asked to sign a…
Boys of Summer Series: Tony Hale
May 31, 2018 • 85 min
This year’s first Boy of Summer and longtime JV pal Tony Hale (“Veep”) relives the fond and not-so-fond memories of his youth… but for goodness’ sake DO NOT ASK HIM ABOUT ANYTHING pre-7th grade! Plus: Asthma, cigarettes, and unfortunately…
Sarah Gertrude Shapiro
May 24, 2018 • 75 min
Calling all witches! Head up to a wild and lovely mountain outside of Santa Barbara for this magical yet utterly grounded visit with “Unreal” creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, who completely inspires JV with her honesty, humor, and particular and…
Marla Sokoloff
May 17, 2018 • 66 min
A chance airport encounter finally yields this episode with the charming Marla Sokoloff (“Fuller House”) who patiently indulges Janet’s love of “The Practice” and pontificates with JV on relativity, dry mouth sounds, music-making and the…
Gaby Dunn
May 10, 2018 • 68 min
Put in your nose ring and pull on your long skirt for a meander through the delightful misadventures of teenaged Gaby Dunn (Bad With Money Pod). Plus, Gaby and JV bask in some mutual crime/murder/justice television and podcasting love, and discuss the…
Tarin Anderson
May 3, 2018 • 68 min
Tidy up your closet fort and put a new coat of wax on your race car bed for this Seattle-centric chat with Eddie-Veddered-hair Tarin Anderson (Take My Wife). See you in the darkroom, shutterbugs!
Alia Shawkat and Laia Costa
Apr 26, 2018 • 47 min
The stars aligned this week and very fortuitously brought us the stars of the new film Duck Butter, Alia Shawkat (who also co-wrote and co-produced) and Laia Costa (who co-produced) for a chat about basketball, double lives, and the discovery of maybe…
Bree Essrig
Apr 19, 2018 • 67 min
The fabulous Bree Essrig talks boarding school magic, construction-site hook-ups, and the times in your life when wearing your bra on the outside of your shirt just feels right. Strap on your aviator hat and all hands on deck for Commander Crazy!
Rachael O’Brien
Apr 12, 2018 • 58 min
Attention Dillards shoppers: Episode 282 with Rachael O’Brien (Be Here For A While podcast) brings lots of embarrassing tidbits about both Rachael and JV’s earlier years, though Rachael arguably walks away with more dignity overall! This episode…
Laurie Kilmartin
Apr 5, 2018 • 58 min
Put on your grown-up glasses and fire up your self-walking dog for this visit with comedian and author Laurie Kilmartin (Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed) as she and JV talk swimming breakthroughs, sadistic teachers, and…
Jill Sobule
Mar 29, 2018 • 78 min
Throw on your best speakeasy togs or your plaid school uniform for this chat with the brilliant delight that is musician Jill Sobule, who meanders with JV along topics like mountains vs. ocean views, metaphorical circuitry-exploding friend crushes,…
Nicki Micheaux
Mar 22, 2018 • 66 min
Actress Nicki Micheaux (Lowlife, Animal Kingdom) blows JV away with an immediate name-drop of Prescott, Arizona, and what follows is a spirited chat ranging from the criminal justice system to the super-heroism of parenting to the appeal of a good…
Maria Blasucci
Mar 15, 2018 • 71 min
The delightful (Drunk History, The Big Ones podcast) comes by for a heart-to-heart with JV that includes both birds and bees, but maybe not how you’d think. Plus, a lot of love for Manor House and its sister shows… and some fantastic ideas for…
Kimmy Robertson
Mar 8, 2018 • 68 min
Janet gets swept up by the ethereal Kimmy Robertson (Twin Peaks) and a pondering of mango yogurt, serendipitous events, curling toes and the new envy theme of the podcast (not actually the new theme).
Alica Lutes
Mar 1, 2018 • 79 min
Nerdist worlds collide with this week’s delightful guest, Alicia Lutes (Fangirling). After JV appeared on Alicia’s show yesterday (Wed. 2/28), Alicia stopped by to dig into lots of juicy high school-era stuff and the perils of feeling so much!…
Mo Collins
Feb 22, 2018 • 74 min
Crack open your Nancy Drew mysteries and take it easy on that white wine— it’s the marvelous Mo Collins on this week’s episode of the podcast! JV and Mo talk oil painting, a bit of light dorm-defacing, and throw a big salute to some of the…
Martha Kelly
Feb 15, 2018 • 101 min
This week on the Episode 274 of The JV Club, Baskets’ Martha Kelly and JV talk about getting punched by kids, what happens when your dog may or may not be drugging you, and the appeal of a good old fashioned general store.
Nyima Funk
Feb 8, 2018 • 79 min
The marvelous Nyima Funk (The Black Version) comes over for a chat with JV about the offstage wonders of improv, musical Skype ringtones, and looking back to look forward. Turkey sausage all round!
Eliza Skinner
Feb 1, 2018 • 88 min
Episode 272 is a break from tradition! Janet, freshly home from SF Sketchfest, welcomes back guest Eliza Skinner for a conversation about - gasp- current events! Seriously everybody- there isn’t even a M.A.S.H. game. But there IS a lot of honest…
Irene Tu
Jan 18, 2018 • 62 min
SF Sketchfest staple Irene Tu sits down with JV for a debrief on having smarts, breaking hearts, basketballs, and pink walls in this episode that definitely does not rhyme the way parts of this description for some reason did. Happy Sketchfest everyone!
Cameron Esposito Re-Release
Jan 11, 2018 • 79 min
It’s a JV Club re-release with comedian Cameron Esposito (Put Your Hands Together) and SHE! IS! GREAT! There’s nothing like a story about a medical semi-crisis in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language to get the old podcast blood…
Lili Mirojnick
Jan 4, 2018 • 74 min
Get your doughnut craving ready for the pink pastry box of podcast episodes with Lili Mirojnick (SyFy’s “Happy”), whose soccer cleats got hung up for a career in theatre after many a post-game glazed binge. Plus, M.A.S.H. brings about…
Tara Sands
Dec 21, 2017 • 62 min
Find out why this week’s guest Tara Sands’ (Pokemon and a million other things) favorite quote from “Tootsie” is a hundred times better than JV’s; what really goes on inside (and after) the Jelly Belly factory tour; and how many words with…
Katy Colloton and Katie O’Brien
Dec 14, 2017 • 81 min
Strap on your character shoes and let’s get this show choir going! Friends and co-creators of TV Land’s “Teachers” Katy Colloton and Katie O’Brien pop over to JV’s for an intimate (we’re talking shared microphone) chat about statement…
Zelda Williams Re-Release
Dec 7, 2017 • 88 min
It’s a JV Club re-release! Get a jump on space travel with the extraordinary Zelda Williams (Legend of Korra) and her incredibly awesome voice. Tales of private school, voice acting, and the puzzles of social media lead up to one of Janet’s worst…
Alicia Rose and Brooke Totman
Dec 1, 2017 • 67 min
JV has a long distance chat from Tucson to Portland with the creator and star of “The Benefits of Gusbandry,” Alicia J. Rose and Brooke Totman, whose teen years in L.A. and southern Oregon both led to stops in San Francisco before settling in…
Arden Rose
Nov 23, 2017 • 96 min
The JV Club wishes you a wonderful holiday break this week, and invites you to spend part of your Thursday with the charming and delightful Arden Rose, who barely gets a chance to talk about her teenage years thanks to JV’s extra-rambly ramblings…
Jameela Jamil
Nov 16, 2017 • 77 min
It’s one of those trip-on-a-plastic-bag, fall-on-your-face, lose-a-tooth good times with the fantastic Jameela Jamil (The Good Place), who shares the soft underbelly horrors of adolescence with JV with such humility and humor, you’ll want to marry…
Yael Grobglas
Nov 9, 2017 • 73 min
Escape rooms! Scary dreams and movies! Raccoons! Tap Dancing! The list (and exclamation points) could go on forever, but suffice it to say, this week’s guest Yael Grobglas (Jane the Virgin) made JV’s day. Now she can make yours!
Deborah Baker Jr. Re-Release
Nov 2, 2017 • 71 min
In this JV Club re-release, Janet creates a cinematic picture for the teen years of this week’s sublime guest, Deborah Baker, Jr. (Stan Against Evil), which essentially places her in New England of the early 1950’s. But who can help it, with…
Shulie Cowen
Oct 26, 2017 • 65 min
It’s the delightful Shulie Cowen (Spontaneanation), bringing tales of choir, half-perms, and adorable lazy eyes. Yes, adorable! And one more piece of advice coming all the way from 1957 - “Think Pink!”
Lisa Loeb
Oct 19, 2017 • 68 min
Pack up your records and head to the local radio station to commemorate the super cool teenage DJ this week’s guest Lisa Loeb was at 15! Just don’t expect JV of Lisa to be able to help you too much when it comes to American geography… although a…
Jenny Jaffe
Oct 12, 2017 • 78 min
This is one of The JV Club’s most coincidence-or-is-it, two-total-strangers-instantly-bonding-on-a-kind-of-ridiculously-deep-level episodes to date, thanks to Jenny Jaffe (Big Hero 6, Project UROK)! Abiding Hugh Laurie crushes! “Someone finally…
Kelsey Scott
Oct 5, 2017 • 72 min
The warm, articulate, beautiful, self-proclaimed Type A Kelsey Scott (Fear the Walking Dead: Passage) comes by for a look back at her teen years in Atlanta along with discussions about chivalry, feminism, conflict resolution, and the languages of…
Ruby Karp
Sep 28, 2017 • 61 min
This week, a guest whose teenage years are VERY fresh in her mind… because she’s 17! Author and comedian Ruby Karp (Earth Hates Me) talks air conditioning, profiling lizards, perils of social media and lots more in this yes, very special episode…
Nicole Parker
Sep 21, 2017 • 86 min
What a delight! And a joy! Nicole Parker (Mad TV) shares the couch with ole “sore neck” JV and enchants her with tales of senior perms- senior CITIZEN, that is, enormous glasses, and a very robust appreciation of the soundtrack from Scent of a…
Angela Webber
Sep 14, 2017 • 78 min
The Double Clicks’ Angela Webber comes over for a chat about stuff like church (bell choirs, anyone?), D & D, endless (but with an ending) adolescent love, and more… including some pretty amazing RPGs invented for M.A.S.H., thanks to…
Anna Fields
Sep 7, 2017 • 98 min
Episode 256 brings us author, documentarian and screenwriter (and a bunch of other great stuff) Anna Fields, whose encyclopedic knowledge of the history of women in comedy causes JV to ask her to create an online class… but for now you can settle…
Boys of Summer Series: Jonathan Katz
Aug 31, 2017 • 66 min
This week’s Boy of Summer is the esteemed non-doctor, Jonathan Katz (Dr. Katz), whose new Audible show promises to be as sublime as his much-beloved cartoon series! Hear about 4-track original teenage sad songs by a small and shy young man raised in…
Boys of Summer Series: Andy Richter
Aug 25, 2017 • 98 min
This episode with Boy of Summer Andy Richter has every necessary ingredient to make you wish you got to work with him every day, or at least take him to a Dodgers game once in awhile! Includes an epilogue in which JV unabashedly implies that he and…
Boys of Summer Series: Jesse Thorn
Aug 18, 2017 • 87 min
This week’s Boy of Summer interview with Jesse Thorn (Maximum Fun)? Oh, it’s just two former San Franciscans jawin’ ‘bout high school drama pragmatism and underwater science is all. And sure, there’s probably some pretty groovy info about…
Boys of Summer Series: Travis McElroy
Aug 10, 2017 • 82 min
Unofficial high school drama teacher Travis McElroy (My Brother, My Brother and Me) educates JV on summer porch tea and cookies, the signs of narcissism, and the particular joy of boxed chocolates in this long-distance episode of the podcast that…
Boys of Summer Series: Eugene Cordero
Aug 3, 2017 • 85 min
Get out your spray paint can and mentally tag to your heart’s content but for heaven’s sake DON’T ACTUALLY GO OUT AND GRAFFITI (is that a verb?) unless your heart tells you that you must. Just like some people’s hearts tell them to be actors…
Boys of Summer Series: Eban Schletter
Jul 27, 2017 • 100 min
The utterly marvelous Eban Schletter (Spontaneanation) sits down for a chat with JV about the wonders of Ennio Morricone, high school societal bummers of Piedmont, CA, and the gods’ gift to ice cream known as Fenton’s. Plus torn t-shirts, movie…
Boys of Summer Series: Keegan-Michael Key Re-Release
Jul 20, 2017 • 81 min
It’s a JV Club re-release with Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele)! Dog talk and tapeworm talk eventually give way to exploring identity as it relates to being adopted, how to get along with (almost) everybody, and the appeal of a really…
Boys of Summer Series: Mike Phirman
Jul 13, 2017 • 79 min
Wocka wocka wocka! JV heads over to Casa Phirman to hang out with the delightful Mike (Hard ’n Phirm) and his pun-tacular brain. Sample boards, sushi chefs, single skis and more! This episode also contains one of the most complete yet…
Boys of Summer Series: Bob Ruff
Jul 6, 2017 • 81 min
True Crime podcast fans (“Serial” lovers, I’m looking at you in particular) alert! Boy of Summer Bob Ruff is not only smart as hell, charming, and determined to change our criminal justice system for the better, he also had a hand in…
Boys of Summer Series: Hrishikesh Hirway
Jun 29, 2017 • 88 min
Guess what? Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder, West Wing Weekly) is more wonderful than you already thought he was! Join Hrishi and Janet as they explore — or should we say “explode?” — his formative years at a co-ed boarding school, his love…
Boys of Summer Series: Steven Ogg
Jun 22, 2017 • 80 min
Polish your volleyball (and then realize you didn’t need to polish a volleyball) while you enjoy this Alberta-scented memory-ramble with the extremely cool Steven Ogg (The Walking Dead and every other cool show on tv right now) as his attention is…
Boys of Summer Series: Kristian Bruun
Jun 15, 2017 • 97 min
Atten-HUT! Charming Boy of Summer and “Orphan Black” co-star Kristian Bruun has some amazing stories to tell about his high school years at Valley Forge Academy, where he triumphed on the trumpet, squared off all his corners, and most decidedly did…
Boys of Summer Series: Zeke Nicholson
Jun 8, 2017 • 74 min
It’s the fabulous Zeke Nicholson (Comedy Bang Bang, Take My Wife) and his musings on the not-so-grueling responsibilities of being track captain, a rich appreciation for the town of Smallville, and the estimable value of a good late night run to…
Boys of Summer Series: Jon Heder
Jun 1, 2017 • 90 min
It’s delight and joy personified with Boy of Summer Jon Heder, whose dedication and generosity as an Eagle Scout extended all the way to trying to fix Janet’s broken computer a few weeks ago. Find out how he and his twin brother Dan spent their…
Live Panel from the University of Chicago’s Sex Week
May 25, 2017 • 55 min
Janet shares her live panel from the University of Chicago’s Sex Week.
Kristina Rodgers
May 18, 2017 • 68 min
Fresh from her debut as Mark’s guest co-host on Pistol Shrimps radio, it’s the divine Kristina Rodgers, who drops by to bond with JV over Siouxsie Sioux, the Electrical Light Parade, Pottery Barn and oh-so much more in episode 241 of the JV Club!
Stephanie Courtney
May 11, 2017 • 74 min
For friends and fans of Spontaneanation, you may know her as one of its frequent guests and brilliant improvisers! Others may know her best as Flo, easily the coolest and most watchable commercial personality thanks to good old Progressive. Here on…
Boys of Summer Preview: Jonah Ray
May 4, 2017 • 77 min
Episode 239 brings you the first Boy of Summer, just a touch early, to celebrate the release of Jonah’s FANTASTIC Seeso show, “Hidden America with Jonah Ray!” Hear JV and JR chat about drum therapy, impressing our little kid selves, and…
Christine Lennon
Apr 27, 2017 • 77 min
Slip on your palazzo pants for a chat with the terrific Christine Lennon, whose new book “The Drifter” has coincidentally somehow combined three of JV’s faves: deep, complex friendships among women, origin stories/teen years, and murder. Hooray!…
Amy Shira Teitel
Apr 20, 2017 • 74 min
Vintage Space’s Amy Shira Teitel brings her astounding knowledge of space travel history, her extremely chic style, and much more to this episode of The JV Club, where body casts, beer, and yes, Anne of Green Gables make appearances.
Felicia Day Re-Release
Apr 13, 2017 • 63 min
It’s a JV Club re-release with the endlessly awesome and prolific Felicia Day (Geek and Sundry). Learn the pros and cons of spending your high school years outside of high school proper, where you have the chance to become as weird and as wonderful as…
Linda Park
Apr 6, 2017 • 87 min
Where do we start? The inspiring and awesome Linda Park (a million things including this upcoming season of “Bosch”) sits down for a conversation about becoming our mothers and/or superheroes, taking possession of a certain Maggie, and cheese,…
Giulia Rozzi
Mar 30, 2017 • 82 min
Put simply, Giulia Rozzi (True Love; Hopefully We Don’t Break Up) is a pure delight, and the various and sundry topics discussed in this episode of The JV Club do not disappoint. Benny Hill, Mrs. Roper and John Laroquette share space with…
Alice Lowe
Mar 23, 2017 • 79 min
Episode 234 brings you not just the delightful Alice Lowe (“Prevenge”), but her cooing daughter Della, whose mastery of rattle-wielding and blueberry-arranging is without equal. Learn impressively little about Alice’s teen years but a whole lot…
Live from JoCo 2017
Mar 16, 2017 • 55 min
Recorded from the high seas off the Baja strait, this live JV Club episode features fellow JoCo cruise guests Jean Grae, Gail Simone and Rebecca Sugar, who are all just too wonderful to be described in a humble episode description. …
Alice Wetterlund
Mar 10, 2017 • 68 min
This week’s guest, the marvelous Alice Wetterlund (People of Earth), only increases Janet’s love of all things Minnesotan. Join them for a discussion that includes important topics like unicorns, Alice in Chains, and the unique grief of eating too…
Melanie Lynskey Re-Release
Mar 2, 2017 • 60 min
It’s a JV Club re-release! Melanie Lynskey gracefully navigates Janet’s extreme doting, a dog bark or two, and way too many questions about the film “Heavenly Creatures” in Episode 16’s foray into life in New Zealand, crushing on Beck, and whether…
Ever Carradine
Feb 23, 2017 • 57 min
Throw your hair in some springy red braids and jump on your spotted horse for a mosey down memory lane with the super cool Ever Carradine (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Marvel’s “Runaways”), including a love of a certain house on a certain prairie,…
Laura House
Feb 16, 2017 • 73 min
Meditation! Norwegians! Jesus! All this and more with the delightful on this week’s episode of the podcast. Plus: Vince Gilligan’s new show about the real Edna Garrett*! *Yes, we know this reference will mean nothing to anyone born…
Jena Friedman
Feb 9, 2017 • 68 min
While this week’s episode with the fantastic Jena Friedman (The Daily Show) is one of the least teen-years-focused JV Club episodes of all time, there’s a pretty compelling reason for that: Jena’s experience and thoughts about…
Live from SFSF with Rachel Dratch, Jon Hamm & musical guest Matt Nathanson
Feb 2, 2017 • 78 min
This special live episode recorded at the 16th annual SF Sketchfest, presented by Audible, brings you the wit, charm, and considerable heavyweight talent of Rachel Dratch, Jon Hamm, and “Musical Director” Matt Nathanson!
Ariel Waldman
Jan 26, 2017 • 68 min
This week, the inspiring and super cool author, activist, and founder of, Ariel Waldman reassures Janet that you don’t need to have a PhD in science to get involved in the space program! Plus: raves, horses, mac and…
Jen Kirkman Re-Release
Jan 20, 2017 • 72 min
It’s a re-release of Jen Kirkman! The podcast’s first listener-generated interview! You asked (most) of the questions, and Jen Kirkman was up for the task. Find out what she and Janet have to say about Judy Blume, making out in basements,…
Lyric Lewis
Jan 12, 2017 • 65 min
Get paleontological with the fantastic Lyric Lewis (“Mad TV”) in episode 226 of the JV Club, where you can revel in the wonder of “Jurassic Park,” appreciate the vibrance of New Orleans and the blue ribbon public schools of St. Paul,…
Live from Newcon PDX with DaRealWordSound, Isaac Marion and Cristina Vee
Jan 5, 2017 • 65 min
It’s a live episode of the JV Club from chilly Portland, Oregon with rapper DaRealWordSound, “Warm Bodies” author Isaac Marion, and anime voiceover star Cristina Vee! Tolerate the slightly poor recording quality to hear adorable…
Dec 15, 2016 • 86 min
No, this isn’t the beginning of a long run of “winter boys” for The JV Club- it’s a special circumstance that merits the special episode title. IT’s also an episode that includes numerous references to penises. For realz. Be forewarned!…
Zandy Hartig Re-Release
Dec 8, 2016 • 84 min
It’s a JV Club re-release! It’s tough to beat New York City in the 1980’s, as this week’s guest (Childrens Hospital) proves with memories of museums, clubs, and a very special classroom. Plus: Sting!
Nichole Bloom
Dec 1, 2016 • 67 min
Surf’s up! Learn a thing or two about determination from NBC “Superstore” co-star Nichole Bloom, whose love of acting hit her at an early age and she hasn’t slowed down since. Well, except to revel in some sweet Emo grooves.
Yvette Nicole Brown Re-Release
Nov 17, 2016 • 71 min
JV Club guest Yvette Nicole Brown rounds out the ladies of the beloved NBC series with a gab about bidding farewell to the snowstorms of Ohio, the undeniable genius of The Golden Girls, and the heart-swelling lyrics of DeBarge.
Deborah Baker Jr.
Nov 10, 2016 • 73 min
Janet creates a cinematic picture for the teen years of this week’s sublime guest, Deborah Baker, Jr. (Stan Against Evil), which essentially places her in New England of the early 1950’s. But who can help it, with images of Mona Lisa…
Kirsten Vangsness
Nov 3, 2016 • 100 min
This week’s wonderful guest Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) maps out the mere 25 mile-apart-yet-wildly-different-worlds of her teen years at Cerritos High and her LA life today, along with all of those juicy feelings that somehow remain…
Riki Lindhome
Oct 27, 2016 • 67 min
They finally did it! Janet and the magnificent Riki Lindhome (Another Period, Garfunkel and Oates) rug-sits with JV on a warm October evening and talks Hitchcock movies, clarinet reed germs, and the under-appreciated 70’s bikini tan.
Live from LA Podfest 2016
Oct 20, 2016 • 84 min
From the recent live show at LA Podfest, Janet is joined by a couple of great beards and the wonderful men sporting them: Charles “Chuck” Bryant (Stuff You Should Know) and Timothy Omundson (Galavant, Psych), and one spectacular woman…
Erin Judge
Oct 13, 2016 • 78 min
What happens when a Brooklynite gets uprooted to the Texas suburbs with her mom and her mom’s female partner and spends her teenage years academically overachieving and keeping secrets that make her sick? Why, she grows up to be an amazing comedian…
Kristen Bell
Oct 6, 2016 • 63 min
It’s a classic JV Club train of thought that leaves the station at about 60 miles per hour, thanks to the bright light that is the mind and heart of one Kristen Bell (The Good Place), otherwise known as one of the world’s preeminent dog…
Incredibly Late Boy of Summer Todd Anderson
Sep 29, 2016 • 82 min
Let’s jam this in before the end of September, anyway! Janet and her onscreen husband Todd Anderson (You’re the Worst) put together the most Frankensteined JV Club episode to date- ranging multiple locations and dates. But no need to…
Kate Leth
Sep 22, 2016 • 87 min
Nova Scotia native (and fantastic comic artist/writer/awesome person) Kate Leth patiently sits through Janet freaking out about Anne of Green Gables, moving on to other topics such as utterly cool moms and tattoos, the power of black…
Annie Leonard
Sep 15, 2016 • 59 min
This week it’s a story of stuff (life stuff! Not clutter stuff!) with Annie Leonard (The Story of Stuff, Greenpeace), who talks about how experiences in the margins of high school can be liberating, the joy of optimism (and worms!),…
Mary Roach
Sep 8, 2016 • 78 min
Get ready for an “exciting” exploration into the Polar Caves and so much more (including, perhaps, destinations slightly less disappointing when viewed in person) with the delightful (author of bestsellers Grunt, Packing…
Boys of Summer Series: Craig Cackowski
Sep 1, 2016 • 78 min
It’s time to make that excruciating decision: which sax do I play - alto or tenor - while I listen to Episode 212 with the brilliant Craig Cackowski (Drunk History, Spontaneanation)? Once you’ve decided, get into your Lincoln Continental…
Boys of Summer Series: Samm Levine
Aug 25, 2016 • 73 min
Tell your mom to keep the motor running while you stop in for a chat with Bar Mitzvah superstar and Boy of Summer Samm Levine (Inglorious Basterds, Freaks and Geeks), whose 15 year-old standup comedy set will make you blush (well, at least…
Boys of Summer Series: Henry Phillips
Aug 18, 2016 • 84 min
It’s time to dig out that sleeveless Def Leppard concert tee and grow your hair out to “regularly-mistaken-for-a-girl” length for Boy of Summer Henry Phillips (so much stuff to list, just visit!), whose cred even…
Boys of Summer Series: Justin Kirk
Aug 11, 2016 • 90 min
Episode 209 welcomes the immensely talented Justin Kirk (Weeds), who forgoes his usual Los Angeles walkabout to sip his gas station coffee on JV’s sofa, handling her barrage of invasively personal questions with aplomb. And the photo is from a…
Boys of Summer Series: Andrew Burlinson
Aug 4, 2016 • 90 min
Move over, Phil Collins and Don Henley! Boy of Summer Andrew Burlinson (Just Add Magic) will give you a run for your drumming-while-singing money. Plus, this new dad is ready to armor up and do some knight-type stuff— I’m…
Boys of Summer Series: Mark Gagliardi
Jul 28, 2016 • 81 min
Imagine this is a song that Boy of Summer Mark Gagliardi (Workjuice Player, We Got This podcast) wrote just for you. And for you, and you, and also for you. You’re one of a kind, after all! Plus, you’ll get to hear about sexy Catholic…
Boys of Summer Series: Nate Mooney
Jul 21, 2016 • 87 min
The nearly All-Wisconsinite Boys of Summer trend shockingly continues! This time it’s the just wonderful Nate Mooney, JV’s co-star on the Dana Gould-created IFC series Stan Against Evil, coming to you this fall! Until then, whet your…
Boys of Summer Series: Chris Tallman
Jun 30, 2016 • 89 min
Take off your shoes and put on your best white suit because it’s time for Mr. Chris Tallman (Spontaneanation, The Thundermans) to school you in the ways of improv, tuba, and how “Fantasy Island” and Victorian England deserve one another,…
Boys of Summer Series: Mark McConville
Jun 23, 2016 • 83 min
GUYS, MARK MCCONVILLE (Superego, Pistol Shrimps) WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO SIT ON JANET’S NEW COUCH. That’s a big deal! But sure, yes, lots of other things happen on episode 202 as Boys of Summer motors along, including talk of Mark’s parents…
Boys of Summer Series: Gary Anthony Williams
Jun 16, 2016 • 91 min
Boys of Summer 2016 hums along with considerably more relaxed ease than you’d feel if you had to drive a double-decker, British-steering-wheel-on-the-right-side bus through Savannah with Clint Eastwood counting on you. Luckily if you’re Gary…
Boys of Summer Series: Dave Hill
Jun 9, 2016 • 87 min
It’s time to get the band back together. Or find yourself in a new band every week, if you’re Boys of Summer guest comedian, author, and This American Life contributor Dave Hill (new book! Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore)….
Boys of Summer Series: Matt Gourley
Jun 2, 2016 • 88 min
Get ready to hurl that pristine-white toilet paper roll over a nearby tree, because it’s wonderful Boy of Summer Matt Gourley’s (Superego) time to shine in all his most-of-high-school 5-foot glory. Hear about Matt’s command of Spanish curse…
The 200th Episode!
Jun 2, 2016 • 68 min
(Pretentious Trumpets Blaring) It’s the 200th episode of The JV Club, starring YOU! To celebrate, this episode features recordings by listeners as well as some listener emails read by JV. And it also features a M.A.S.H. game with questions from…
Re-Release Maria Bamford
May 26, 2016 • 74 min
It’s a re-release of Maria Bamford! The JV Club defies you to find another podcast that covers ALL of these conversation essentials: stationery hewn from elephant poo; a fear of what we’ll call “Plastic Man arms;” and using blood to secure a…
Amber Tozer
May 19, 2016 • 62 min
Condition your softball glove and make sure to stretch before this conversation with comedian and author Amber Tozer (Sober Stick Figure), whose Pueblo, Colorado roots are showing… in a great way. Oh, and good luck out-lettering her varsity status!
Eliza Skinner
May 12, 2016 • 78 min
Hip-Hop, math, musicals, tiny unicorns, and Playgirl magazine: a crib sheet guide to this episode with the extremely cool Eliza Skinner (Totally Biased, Late Late Show), whose various and sundry, all-around-awesome talents make up their own…
Boys of Summer PREVIEW! - The Thermals’ Hutch Harris
May 5, 2016 • 91 min
It’s a Boys of Summer Preview with Hutch Harris! Celebrate the release of the new album We Disappear by The Thermals with this special almost-summer-but-not-quite episode with Hutch, which includes a song from the new album…
Tawny Newsome
Apr 21, 2016 • 77 min
Saddle up! It’s the marvelous Tawny Newsome (Bajillion Dollar Properties), an amazing improviser and actor who might be just as at home in a rodeo competition or in a Pixies lip-synching contest. Oh, and Mandy Patinkin… LOOK OUT!
Melissa Stephens
Apr 14, 2016 • 87 min
We know what you’re thinking- “Did Janet start a new All Dogs All the Time podcast? No, but JV and awesome guest, writer and standup Melissa Stephens (“Key and Peele”) go long and deep into canine biz early on in the…
Alison Bennett
Apr 7, 2016 • 65 min
Comedian and You’re the Worst writer Alison Bennett comes over for a sexily-lit evening of dissecting the strange magnetism of true crime, the wilds of rural Pennsylvania, and the appeal of a jacuzzi filled with chocolate pudding in…
Tamara Krinsky
Mar 31, 2016 • 88 min
Get that myriad of plates spinning and put on all of your hats to keep up with the multi-faceted Tamara Krinsky (Marvel’s West Coast Correspondent), with tales of sleep-away camp, classical theatre and the wonders of science!
Molly Lewis
Mar 24, 2016 • 69 min
It’s time for the copious talents of Molly Lewis, who knows what it feels like to blow up the internet and suddenly find yourself in the company of your heroes. While, I might add, handling it all with the grace and modesty of a total…
Jessica McKenna
Mar 17, 2016 • 73 min
We’re going to use this description as an opportunity to express deep regret that we did not ask the wonderful (Party Over Here) what she meant when she said “Lucky the Leprechaun knocks on your door” during the Irish Pride…
Amanda Lund
Mar 10, 2016 • 84 min
It’s the charming and delightful Amanda Lund, everybody! What can you expect from this episode? Some free association: wigs and corn mazes, princesses and guacamole, ballet and boob-touching. In other words, the things that matter in life.
Live at JoCo Cruise with Kelly Sue DeConnick and Zoe Keating
Mar 3, 2016 • 71 min
Enjoy the gentle rocking of this special live episode, recorded for the first time ever on a boat. Janet is joined by the immeasurably talented Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) and cellist Zoe Keating (Manhattan,…
Carla Gallo Re-Release
Feb 25, 2016 • 90 min
Release of Carla Gallo! It’s an embarrassment of riches… or maybe just an embarrassment of embarrassments in episode 50 (Wow! We made it to 50!) with ridiculously fun guest Carla Gallo (Bones) - complete with revealing stories about prom…
Brandie Posey
Feb 18, 2016 • 78 min
Get schooled on the sizable merits of ska by Lady to Lady podcast’s in episode 188. And not to oversimplify Brandie’s amazing life stories, but I think she would approve of me saying there are some doozies to devour. Bon Appetit!
Emily Heller
Feb 11, 2016 • 84 min
Janet marvels at the high school debate prowess of episode 188’s guest, Emily Heller (Baby Geniuses), the social politics of which office you run for in student council, and circus camp, circus camp, circus camp.
Kathleen Rose Perkins Re-Release
Feb 4, 2016 • 84 min
It’s a special re-release of Kathleen Rose Perkins! The charming Kathleen Rose Perkins (Episodes) recounts the joys and challenges of being a certified bird-owner, being heard in a family of boys, and what we’re really doing when…
Janeane Garofalo
Jan 28, 2016 • 102 min
Recorded in a cozy hotel room at SF Sketchfest, Janet and Janeane Garofalo sit wedged between the wall and the bed, following whatever tangent might present itself. Does Janet get left in the dust in matters intellectual, political and…
Live from SF Sketchfest with Veronica Belmont, Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant and musical guest Matt Nathanson
Jan 21, 2016 • 100 min
In a shocking and exciting break from tradition, Janet’s friend crush Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant from the beloved Stuff You Should Know podcast joins his fellow guest, the fiercely smart and funny Veronica Belmont as the first non-Boy…
Savannah Sly
Jan 14, 2016 • 89 min
Janet is joined by the President of the American chapter of SWOP: Sex Workers Outreach Project and professional dominatrix Savannah Sly for a rapid-fire discussion of perception, experience, misconception and politics in this…
Aya Cash
Dec 31, 2015 • 74 min
Get ready for a San Francisco-style hair-buzzing with one of the shining stars of You’re the Worst, Aya Cash, as we dash from Buddhism to dental care jewelry (yep) to the startling discovery of youth that not every citizen is a Bay…
Jessica Ogilvie
Dec 17, 2015 • 82 min
All-around badass journalist (and former sex/dating columnist) Jessica Ogilvie drops by, and the tangents are nothing if not feverishly robust and tendril-like. What can we say? She’s fascinating, brave, and funny… and she took…
Collette Wolfe
Dec 10, 2015 • 57 min
Not unlike making lemonade from lemons, learn how to make the best of learning to play the clarinet when your heart called out for a flute from terrific guest Collette Wolfe (“You’re the Worst”). The woods of…
Ingrid Oliver
Dec 3, 2015 • 99 min
The absolutely splendid Ingrid Oliver (“Doctor Who”) can breeze seamlessly from evocative quandaries about politics to the wonders of a Whopper Junior in Episode 180 of the podcast, where the Janet-New-Friend-Swoon-O-Meter (previously…
Carla Cackowski
Nov 19, 2015 • 71 min
Heads-up! We did things a little differently this week for a podcast mashup! Carla interviews Janet about doing improv as a teaser for Carla’s new improv podcast, Improv Yak… until the proverbial tables are turned and Janet gets back to…
Kate Walsh
Nov 12, 2015 • 67 min
Guys, it’s just two gals from Tucson, Arizona, talkin’ shop. A teenaged Kate Walsh (Private Practice) body-paints, yearbook staffs, and drama clubs her way through a couple of high schools, including the one Janet attended! Are…
Mary Holland
Nov 5, 2015 • 73 min
Throw on your band uniform and pick up that flute for a march with Mary Holland (Blunt Talk), whose people-pleasing teenage spirit went from a small bluegrassy town to the sexy seclusion of a boarding school in Episode 177, where…
Live at All Jane Comedy Festival with Sarah Mirk, Janet Weiss and Hutch Harris
Oct 29, 2015 • 79 min
It’s a Portland-tastic live episode from the delightful All Jane Comedy Festival in Oregon, featuring the brilliant talents of Sarah Mirk (Bitch Media), Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney), and musical guest Hutch Harris (The Thermals)!
Rhea Butcher
Oct 22, 2015 • 86 min
Heads up, Akron! The simply superb arrives armed and ready for Episode 175 with a killer hairstyle, insightful thoughts on teenage sexuality and skateboarding, and a justified robust admiration of Claire Huxtable.
Tara Platt
Oct 15, 2015 • 69 min
Show off your grungiest snowman with Episode 174’s guest, voice actor-virtuouso and author Tara Platt, who didn’t always rise to the top of the popularity heap in her youth as a practical atheist during her family’s many ramblings….
Jessica Merizan
Oct 8, 2015 • 89 min
Climb into your co-ed dorm’s shower and have a good laugh/cry with the fantastic Jessica Merizan (don’t worry, she knows you think it’s “marzipan”) as she and Janet slip and slide all over about 30 different…
Lisa Kate David
Oct 1, 2015 • 94 min
Episode 171 brings the extraordinary you-have-to-hear-it-to-believe it story of actress and comedian Lisa Kate David, who has become a bit of an expert on dating in LA with no nipples. And that’s just part of what has been the mother of all…
Joy Osmanski
Sep 24, 2015 • 96 min
Have you said hello to your bottom teeth lately? Check in with the lovely set of Joy Osmanski (Grey’s Anatomy, The Loop) in Episode 171, where you’ll also find genetic mysteries, late night television, and the commonalities between Anne of…
LA Podfest This Week!
Sep 17, 2015 • 1 min
Come see Janet this weekend at LA Podfest,
Kelly Carlin
Sep 10, 2015 • 69 min
With the Boys of Summer gone but not forgotten, Episode 170’s guest Kelly Carlin shares stories of adventurous ropes courses, making it alive through the high times of Los Angeles in the 70’s-80’s, and how her art/work informed her…
Boys of Summer - Dana Gould
Sep 3, 2015 • 84 min
Episode 169 brings us to the end of Boys of Summer, and better way to go than with the one and only Dana Gould (Full disclosure, no search was done to determine whether there are other Dana Goulds out there)? It’s an episode replete with…
Boys of Summer - Christopher Sabat
Aug 27, 2015 • 85 min
Fathers of the late ’80’s early ’90’s, protect your daughters! Protect them… from THE PROMINATOR. There’s more to be said about this episode with the multi talented and hilarious Christopher Sabat (Dragonball Z),…
Boys of Summer - Hal Lublin
Aug 20, 2015 • 87 min
It’s a party of Janetors and Adventurkateers with episode 167 and Boy of Summer Hal Lublin (The Thrilling Adventure Hour). Will someone please help Hal find his lost plush Pluto doll? Or at bare minimum, make him a t-shirt like the one he…
Boys of Summer - Ron Funches
Aug 13, 2015 • 60 min
Eat your heart out, Billy Idol! Janet and Boys of Summer guest, the simply wonderful Ron Funches (Undateable) ignore hits like “Eyes Without a Face” from the semi-comfort of a dressing room at Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco. And…
Boys of Summer - James Roday
Jul 30, 2015 • 75 min
Turn that baseball cap around for Episode 165, because it’s tennis in Texas with the deeply awesome James Roday (Psych)! Peel the oniony layers of a man who knows the immense value of emotive singer/songwriters, a heaping plate of Mexican food,…
Boys of Summer - Barrett Kime
Jul 23, 2015 • 74 min
Look out! Episode 164 in the Boys of Summer series brings you Janet’s first boyfriend, the talented and possibly-too-handsome Barrett Kime, also known as the Prince Charming to her clunky, pumpkin-toothed Snow White in their first grade musical….
Boys of Summer - Stephen Falk
Jul 16, 2015 • 72 min
It’s the badass creator of You’re the Worst, Stephen Falk! Episode 162 lets you straddle the disparate high school worlds of theatre, jazz band and sports, and then fall in love with the new girl in school, who naturally drives a…
Boys of Summer - Rhett Miller
Jul 9, 2015 • 92 min
Swoon over the delight that is musician Rhett Miller (Old 97’s) as Boys of Summer rocks on, with a robust list of awesome and embarrassing erstwhile band names, tales of the Lone Star state, and a tip of the hat to Seventeen magazine. No episode…
Boys of Summer - Gabriel Diani
Jul 2, 2015 • 88 min
Who ain’t afraid of no ghosts? Depends on which version of episode 161’s guest, Gabriel Diani (The Selling), we’re talking about. So crack open your favorite comic book (ours is Mondo Man) and throw on some oldies to get yourself in…
Boys of Summer - John Ross Bowie
Jun 25, 2015 • 91 min
Enjoy Janet’s stumble through the early part of Episode 160 with the insanely funny John Ross Bowie (Big Bang Theory) as he does his very best to be gracious about a common misconception. Then! Stick around for a look at New York’s…
Boys of Summer - Amir Talai
Jun 18, 2015 • 90 min
Bing Bong! It’s time for another Boys of Summer episode of The JV Club with comedian and actor Amir Talai. So! Reflect on your Mindset- are you open to failing to become better at something? Have you spit into a cup to find out your origin…
Boys of Summer - Marc Evan Jackson
Jun 11, 2015 • 75 min
Hey Everybody— it’s the sublime Marc Evan Jackson! The latest Boys of Summer episode will reveal some compelling and charming new things about the man you may also know as Sparks Nevada from Thrilling Adventure Hour. Addendum: you will not…
Boys of Summer - Dante Basco
Jun 4, 2015 • 72 min
Breakdance your way through Episode 157 with one of the busiest and coolest guys around, Dante Basco (Hook, Avatar: The Last Airbender), who reminds us that family, curiosity, and the occasional all-night conversation with friends can yield rich…
Boys of Summer - Colin Hanks
May 28, 2015 • 96 min
The JV Club’s Boys of Summer returns with gusto, courtesy the wonderful Colin Hanks! Sink into episode 156 where you’ll marvel at the benefits of a multi-purpose room and, perhaps most importantly, learn how to say two VERY useful phrases…
Kimberly Brooks
May 21, 2015 • 79 min
Episode 155 finds artist, writer and educator Kimberly Brooks popping over to share her boundless insights in an exploration of too many things to list… but here are a few anyway: Art! Feminism! Physics! Fearlessness! Eggs Florentine!
Colleen Smith
May 14, 2015 • 76 min
Welcome Episode 154’s hilarious guest Colleen Smith (No You Shut Up!), who patiently puts up with Janet’s attempts to force her into writing a children’s book based on her experiences as a lanky redhead in the beautiful state of…
Felicia Day
May 7, 2015 • 64 min
It’s Episode 153 with the endlessly awesome and prolific Felicia Day (Geek and Sundry). Learn the pros and cons of spending your high school years outside of high school proper, where you have the chance to become as weird and as wonderful as…
Mary Birdsong
Apr 30, 2015 • 71 min
Meet the high school thespian who wasn’t afraid to tuck her giant 80’s bangs under her babushka for the most authentic Fiddler on the Roof performance in Episode 152 of The JV Club, with the inimitable Mary Birdsong (Reno 911)….
Jennifer Hale
Apr 23, 2015 • 69 min
Saddle up, because episode 151 with Jennifer Hale (Bioshock, Mass Effect, Halo) is a whirlwind of slipping through the timestream, listening to your gut, and lessons only a horse can teach you. NOTE! Regardless of your age, you will want to be…
Jean Villepique
Apr 16, 2015 • 66 min
It’s the 150th Episode of The JV Club, and how better to celebrate than with one JV chit-chatting with another JV (the simply fantastic Jean Villepique)? With stories from a tall girl with big dreams from a small town in New Jersey, it’s…
Natalie Garcia
Apr 9, 2015 • 83 min
There’s just something about people from New Mexico that makes them special. That’s certainly true of Episode 149’s guest, the huge-hearted Natalie Garcia (MaeDay Rescue), who is a veritable renaissance woman with a love of vintage…
Zelda Williams
Apr 2, 2015 • 89 min
Get a jump on space travel with the extraordinary Zelda Williams (Legend of Korra) and her incredibly awesome voice. Tales of private school, voice acting, and the puzzles of social media lead up to one of Janet’s worst MASH categories ever,…
Alison Haislip
Mar 26, 2015 • 65 min
Episode 147 welcomes Alison Haislip (Attack of the Show) for a deep dive into some pretty important issues. Of course we’re talking about hair color, psychics, and dessert for breakfast. Kick the soccer ball of conversation around with us for an…
Erin Fitzgerald
Mar 19, 2015 • 86 min
I’ll just say it: Episode 146 is one of the most inspiring to date. Way to go, Erin Fitzgerald (Chie from Persona 4)! From the far reaches of Ottawa, Ontario through the lovely Victoria, British Columbia, Los Angeles has the good fortune to be…
Paula Marshall
Mar 12, 2015 • 69 min
Get naked (just remember to tape up!) with the wickedly funny Paula Marshall (Californication) in this episode covering all the basics: Sex, Politics, Religion, and, of course, Ghosts.
Molly Quinn
Mar 5, 2015 • 70 min
Are you an alligator or a turtle? Do some Animal work (and find out what that even means) with the sparkling Molly Quinn (Castle) in episode 144 of The JV Club, which also includes discussion of some other A-words: Adulthood, Affection, and Amaretto…
Janine Brito
Feb 26, 2015 • 75 min
This week’s guest — comedian Janine Brito — comes to you direct from Los Angeles via New York via San Francisco via Alabama with a bunch of other exotic locales in between. Along the way: Icelandic grandmothers, British schools, SNL…
Rebecca Watson
Feb 19, 2015 • 78 min
Episode 142 welcomes “Skepchick” Rebecca Watson, who reminds us that every time it rains, it rains pennies from heaven. And speaking of heaven, turns out there may not be one. A look at atheism and secular humanism with a sprinkling of…
Cameron Esposito
Jan 29, 2015 • 80 min
It’s comedian Cameron Esposito (Put Your Hands Together) and SHE! IS! GREAT! There’s nothing like a story about a medical semi-crisis in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language to get the old podcast blood flowing. But…
Seychelle Gabriel
Jan 22, 2015 • 71 min
Things get groovy with the luminous Seychelle Gabriel (The Legend of Korra) with rhapsodic waxing on the brilliant Jimi Hendrix, song-and-dance numbers featuring high school teens and Toto classics, and Korra fans, don’t worry… some…
Amber Benson
Jan 15, 2015 • 72 min
Janet falls into the lull of the hypnotic Amber Benson (The Witches of Echo Park) yet somehow also manages to talk faster than she maybe ever has. This may be an episode where even more conversations are begun and never finished than usual, and…
Maureen Johnson
Jan 8, 2015 • 94 min
This is an episode that can only be described as second to nun. [insert 100 groans here] But really! It’s the amazing and wonderful Maureen Johnson (The Name of the Star) and talk of metaphorical time traveling via one strict Catholic high…
Author Marci Crestani
Dec 18, 2014 • 73 min
Following the old adage “Write what you know,” episode 137’s guest could have her very own One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest! Janet welcomes author (and woodworker!) Marci Crestani (Halfway to Dead) for a deep-dive into expanding…
Sarah Burns
Dec 11, 2014 • 80 min
If you’ve been worried that there hasn’t been quite enough talk about being a teenage goth lately, worry not! Sarah Burns (Enlightened) brings her A game with just the right amount of Skinny Puppy and Bauhuas. Plus a brand-new MASH…
Jamie Denbo
Dec 4, 2014 • 83 min
What do you get when you cross a Renaissance Faire with Disney World, add a dose of psychopathy, and throw a few wigs and fake nails and a bedazzled sweater or two? Why, you get Episode 135 of the JV Club with Jamie Denbo (The Heat), of course!…
Jessica Chaffin
Nov 20, 2014 • 82 min
SPOILER ALERT! You are cleared to listen to this episode if you are A. All caught up with the Serial podcast or B. Totally not interested in the Serial podcast. If B, () and Janet apologize for talking so much about it. But not to worry- they also…
Sarah Thyre
Nov 13, 2014 • 77 min
This week’s guest, the extraordinary Sarah Thyre, answers possibly the most pressing question facing Americans today: Where can you go to practice walking in high heels on cobblestone before your trip to Europe? And perhaps just as vital: How…
Shadi Petosky
Nov 6, 2014 • 98 min
Janet finds a new way to make peace with spiders thanks to Episode 132’s guest, the wise and wonderful Shadi Petosky. This sage advice and more stories of nature’s bounteous forests, lakes and guitar by the campfire. And as if that…
Jenny Wade
Oct 30, 2014 • 83 min
Put on your best 60’s dress and grab a book, because you’re probably not going to get to watch much television tonight in the world of the disarming Jenny Wade’s childhood. If you’re a young woman without many resources on how…
Noureen DeWulf
Oct 16, 2014 • 76 min
Things aren’t always what they seem with Episode 130’s guest, the lovely Noureen DeWulf (Anger Management, Burning Love). Tips on how to get out of the house to the movies, the pizza place, and oh-so-much-more, even when your parents forbid it. Espionage!
Annie Savage
Oct 9, 2014 • 81 min
Pull on your sequined unitard and clip in your feathered headdress for the Dance Drill of podcast episodes with Annie Savage (Thrilling Adventure Hour). It’s raining tap shoes, airsickness bags, and actual rain in episode 128, where the…
Live from LA Podfest with Kether Donohue and Honeyhoney
Oct 2, 2014 • 93 min
The JV Club went live at the LA Podfest with special guests Kether Donohue () and musicians Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo, otherwise known as , and what ensued was an afternoon of music, cookies, fake tattoos, and a double M.A.S.H. with Kether and Janet…
Erin Foley
Sep 18, 2014 • 94 min
The first regular episode back after the Boys of Summer series finds the hilarious Erin Foley (Sports Without Balls) discussing the satisfaction of a good sweat vs. a good beachside lazy layabout. ALSO! Braving the minefields of adolescent romance,…
Nerdist Podcast Network Super Panel
Sep 14, 2014 • 57 min
Live from SDCC 2014, it’s the Nerdist Podcast Super Panel with Matt Mira (Nerdist, James Bonding), Jonah Ray (Nerdist, Jonah Raydio), Janet Varney (The JV Club), Cole Stratton (Pop My Culture), Gil Letelier (The Mutant Season), Ben Blacker (Nerdist…
Boys of Summer: Keegan-Michael Key
Sep 11, 2014 • 82 min
Episode 126 marks the last of the Boys of Summer series, and who better to class up the podcast than Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele)? Dog talk and tapeworm talk eventually give way to exploring identity as it relates to being adopted, how to get…
Boys of Summer: Dave Holmes
Sep 4, 2014 • 81 min
Post-Labor Day = not technically Summer anymore, but gotta get out this great ep with the delightful Dave Holmes (International Waters) as he delves into the things we do to fit in, exploring literal and metaphorical uniforms, and coming out to your…
Boys of Summer: Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
Aug 28, 2014 • 71 min
The last duo of Boys of Summer: the insanely talented and terrific Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the minds behind “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra.” Art! Music! Travel! Adventure! And of course, squirrel suits. PLUS! A…
Boys of Summer: Graham Elwood
Aug 21, 2014 • 94 min
Surf’s up! Guest Graham Elwood (Comedy Film Nerds) puzzles over moralistic quandaries, zen and control, sports and feelings, and (gulp) the gluttony of a good buffet
Boys of Summer: The Sklar Brothers
Aug 14, 2014 • 80 min
Now entering Sklarbro Country! Jason and Randy Sklar make JV Club history as the first (and let’s face it, possibly only) twins to appear. Applaud their patience as Janet asks what are probably twin-related questions that the boys have been…
Boys of Summer: Howard Kremer
Aug 7, 2014 • 76 min
How’s your summah? It’s about to get a bit brighter with the delightful Howard Kremer (Who Charted?) whose stories of non-caped crusading, rocks from the Boss, and the changing phases of his erstwhile band do not disappoint. What would…
Boys of Summer: Ben Acker and Ben Blacker
Jul 31, 2014 • 86 min
It’s back-to-back duos! This week welcomes The Thrilling Adventure Hour’s Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, with tales of suburban east coastery, unrequited crushery, and odd coincidencery, plus possibly more made up words!
Boys of Summer: Paul and Storm
Jul 24, 2014 • 102 min
The Boys of Summer return in the corporeal forms of Paul and Storm, in town on their way to Comic Con! The gents try to explain D & D to Janet even though neither of them were really that into it, until she finally lets it drop and they move on to…
Live at Bridgetown with Carrie Brownstein
Jul 17, 2014 • 84 min
Taking a brief break from the Boys of Summer series while Janet’s out of town, it’s the live episode from Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Oregon with Carrie Brownstein!
Boys of Summer: Paul Gilmartin
Jul 10, 2014 • 79 min
The lightning-quick-minded Paul Gilmartin reunites with his Dinner and a Movie co-host for a frank discussion about the good and bad that shapes us, finding humor in darkness, and… Chaka Kahn.
Boys of Summer: Danny Pudi
Jul 3, 2014 • 81 min
Oh no- not ANOTHER Polish-Indian-silly-wonderful-trail-running-twin-fathering-Community-castmember. Wait… There’s only ONE Danny Pudi. And he’s the guest of episode 116- as the Boys of Summer rolls on!
Boys of Summer: Paul F. Tompkins
Jun 26, 2014 • 105 min
This week with the always wonderful Paul F. Tompkins: build a snow tunnel, sing a few piano tunes, or recite Edgar Allen Poe in the place where his macabre work truly shines: a brightly lit classroom. Boys of Summer continues!
Boys of Summer: Greg Behrendt
Jun 19, 2014 • 82 min
You knew this Boys of Summer episode was inevitable… so SWEATER UP! It’s the just-plain-awesome Greg Behrendt and his rugby-playing, alt-rock-discovering, girl-crazy younger self, all wrapped up in a quality cardigan and a good pair of…
Boys of Summer: Bruce McCulloch
Jun 12, 2014 • 66 min
Spend an hour and change with erstwhile Young Drunk Punk Bruce McCulloch (Kids in the Hall) as he class-clowns, competitive-weightlifts, and rock-and-rolls his way through his teens in Calgary and Edmonton. Yes, those are both places in Canada. C’mon…
Boys of Summer: Phil LaMarr
Jun 5, 2014 • 92 min
Get soothed by the dulcet tones of the charming and absurdly talented Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Mad TV) as he channels Bogart, Poitier… and even Winkler. Plus: Discover the sci-fi plots of books he really should write, courtesy of the M.A.S.H. game!
Boys of Summer: Jimmy Pardo
May 29, 2014 • 75 min
Cross over the Rainbow Bridge for a listen to some of Boys of Summer guest Jimmy Pardo’s (Never Not Funny) Greatest Hits. Now imagine Jimmy rolling his eyes when he reads this description, and you’ve got a sense of this episodic gem!
Boys of Summer: Cole Stratton
May 22, 2014 • 86 min
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The “it” in question being, amongst other things, guest and Pop My Culture Podcast co-host Cole Stratton’s job at the local newspaper. What other adventures did this moxie-laden self-starter have…
Boys of Summer: Oscar Nunez
May 15, 2014 • 92 min
Things you will know A LOT about after you finish this episode with the simply delightful Oscar Nunez (The Office): Hot dogs! Dental Technology! And the entire history of Castro’s dictatorship in Cuba! And heads-up- this might be the most giggly…
Boys of Summer: Steve Agee
May 8, 2014 • 76 min
Military-schooled Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) is the guest for the premiere of the “Boys of Summer” series on the JV Club! Tools you may find useful: rock-climbing gear, headphones, a Trans-Am and a bottle of Boone’s.
Joselyn Hughes
May 1, 2014 • 73 min
It’s Episode 107 with comedian Joselyn Hughes! First up: hair, hair hair. Plus: 311! Everclear! No Doubt! And later… a deeper dive… into snorkeling.
Jennette McCurdy
Apr 24, 2014 • 72 min
In this very special episode, Janet podcasts her very own DAUGHTER! …Well, at least someone who played her daughter in a thing. It’s the terrific Jennette McCurdy (“Sam and Cat”) and a sitting-on-the-rug hangout, covering such…
Suzy Nakamura
Apr 17, 2014 • 91 min
Put on your safety googles and fire up the furnace with this week’s guest, the handy and hilarious Suzy Nakamura (Bad Teacher). Take a tour of pizza shop and comic book-basement-vacations— but don’t fall asleep or you’ll miss your train stop!
Aisha Tyler
Apr 10, 2014 • 81 min
It’s a deep-delving discussion of ethics and morality (science fiction nerds welcome!) with the inimitable Aisha Tyler, otherwise known as a video gaming champ of her local laundromat. Plus: enough rad book recommendations to last you for weeks!
Sarah Tapscott
Apr 3, 2014 • 103 min
Will Episode 103 cut the mustard? Join Janet and guest Sarah Tapscott (Kroll Show) on a verrrrrry long adventure where, if you’re lucky— or unlucky— you may even be given your own horse. Plus: More Creepy Emma Thompson worship!
Pilar Alessandra
Mar 27, 2014 • 77 min
This episode comes with a collectible set of apologies for all of the apologies from the apologizing team of Pilar Alessandra (On the Page). Plus: a houseful of grandparents, a dad with a perm, and marrying Bugs Bunny.
Ginger Gonzaga
Mar 20, 2014 • 70 min
Finally, the ALL-ALMONDS episode you’ve been waiting for! Sympathize with awesome guest Ginger Gonzaga (ABC’s Mixology) as she patiently discusses almonds with Janet for almost the entire hour.* Oh, and a little bit about debate teams, hallucinogenic…
Busy Philipps
Mar 14, 2014 • 98 min
Our very first live episode video-streamed with the amazing Busy Philipps (Cougartown) and MANY OF YOU! Thanks to everyone who tuned in and commented and asked awesome questions. And thanks to the guys at Cogo for hosting! Happy 100th episode!
Special 100th Episode Announcement!
Mar 12, 2014 • 1 min
A special announcement from Janet about the LIVE 100th episode streaming March 13th at 4pm PST on!
Heidi Rose Robbins
Mar 6, 2014 • 68 min
Feel it all! Lean into every bit of Episode 99 with the inspiring Heidi Rose Robbins, who celebrates the delight of a great poem, the magic of children’s books, and the extraordinary appeal of a little something called midnight moon cheese!
Daniele Gaither
Feb 27, 2014 • 75 min
Come hang out in the principal’s office with the hilarious and talented Daniele Gaither (MadTV), read up on your Mary Higgins Clark, and if you’re lucky, you might even become a member of the elite club the Rumbling Knights.
Zandy Hartig
Feb 20, 2014 • 85 min
It’s tough to beat New York City in the 1980’s, as this week’s guest Zandy Hartig (Childrens Hospital) proves with memories of museums, clubs, and a very special classroom. Plus: Sting!
Caitlin Gill
Feb 6, 2014 • 79 min
One of the Bay Area’s shiniest stars, comedian and writer Caitlin Gill takes a break from her 7,000 Sketchfest appearances to hang out in Janet’s hotel room and jaw about buffalos, Murphy Brown, and livin’ tall in Episode 96, as we draw ever closer to…
Maria Thayer
Jan 30, 2014 • 73 min
Walk into the light - or follow the smell of toast- for a morningtime chat with the splendid Maria Thayer (Eagleheart) about bee farms, how flunking art leads to art school, and the delight of watching garden things grow in Episode 95 (“95, Feel…
Kathryn Borel
Jan 23, 2014 • 81 min
This week’s guest, the incredibly bright and hilarious Kathryn Borel (Corked: A Memoir) does not need another copy of the children’s book Eloise. Find out why, and while you’re at it, learn about the random anarchy of the universe, the unexpected ways…
Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt
Jan 16, 2014 • 86 min
Jigsaw Puzzles! Eating the bread basket! Cutting your hair! Find out about all of these metaphorical meanings in this in-depth mind-meld with episode 93’s guest Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt (It’s Just a F*ing Date), fresh from teaching her…
Kimmy Gatewood
Jan 9, 2014 • 81 min
Put on your fluffiest cat tail and your Elizabethan collar for this episode with special guest pirate-princess-trombonist Kimmy Gatewood (The Apple Sisters), whose teenage Garth Halloween costume puts Dana Carvey to shame. To shame!
Annie Lapin
Dec 19, 2013 • 85 min
Just hear those sleigh bells jinglin’, ring-ting tinglin’ with guest Annie Lapin, whose paintings involve descriptions by others such as “obfuscating figuration through a remarkable language of painterly abstraction.” You may still not…
Danielle Koenig
Dec 12, 2013 • 83 min
Slip on your long prairie skirt and straw ribboned hat for Episode 90’s chat with writer and comedian Danielle Koenig, who may or may not end up with a Goodfellas actor, an rare and endangered pet, and a fictional father figure from a beloved…
Beth Littleford
Dec 5, 2013 • 94 min
It’s a post-Thanksgiving feast of non-sequitors and tangents with the fantastic Beth Littleford (The Daily Show), with a parade of bad perms, bad boys, and good friends to save us from ourselves.
Hilda Rasula and Lorelei Butters
Nov 21, 2013 • 98 min
Episode 88’s guests Hilda Rasula and Lorelei Butters join Janet to talk about the new Mortified Nation documentary, boys in black lipstick, the perfection of avocados, and storyboarding to make your dreams come true. Plus, Jeremy Irons? Really?
Arden Myrin
Nov 14, 2013 • 83 min
A M.A.S.H. game mind-meld gets this week’s guest, the radiant Arden Myrin (Chelsea Lately) literally up on her feet with excitement in Episode 86, where it’s all about breaking the plaid mold, embracing humiliation, and snow, snow, SNOW!
Kate Flannery
Nov 7, 2013 • 83 min
Jump into your station wagon and buckle up for a ramble through the mind of the fantastic Kate Flannery (The Office) as she and Janet discuss flight simulators, the luck o’ the Irish, and the monumentally profound and dangerous influence of……
Lennon Parham
Oct 31, 2013 • 78 min
It’s a laser lightshow of joy with the delightful Lennon Parham (Accidentally on Purpose, BFFs) as she and Janet marching-band their way through memories of snare drums, choir, and late blooming. Oh, and Happy Halloween!
Starlee Kine
Oct 24, 2013 • 96 min
Two very special guests join Janet for this episode: the amazing Starlee Kine (This American Life), and her amazing dog, Oh Papa. Richard Nixon! Child Stardom! Gravity spoilers! Seriously, don’t listen to this if you haven’t seen Gravity yet but you…
Edi Patterson
Oct 17, 2013 • 81 min
Hear her on The JV Club before she rises to the top of the arm-wrestling world! It’s Edi Patterson (The Groundlings), who bonds with Janet over the appeal of the celluloid “horndog,” pygmy unicorns, and being the good girl.
Oct 10, 2013 • 79 min
Take a break from sneaking out to New York dance clubs long enough to enjoy the delightful Chemda (Keith and The Girl podcast) as she and Janet explore some VERY frank talk about teenage sex, the generation gap between emigrant parents and their kids,…
Christine Woods
Oct 3, 2013 • 80 min
Come for advice on the best music to clean a shower by, stay for the volleyball tips. Or just drop in for the occasional rave and Del Taco parking lot hang. It’s Christine Woods (HBO’s Hello Ladies) and her tiny dragon in Episode 81!
Kate Micucci
Sep 26, 2013 • 84 min
Trom-bone up on your knowledge of marching bands, polar bears, and Peter Panning your way into adulthood with the simply delightful Kate Micucci in Episode 80 of The JV Club. BYOP (Bring your own paintbrush)!
Gillian Vigman
Sep 19, 2013 • 84 min
The secrets to perfect skin— or at least a mother who tells you that you don’t have it— are revealed in Episode 79 with the insanely funny Gillian Vigman (the Hangover trilogy) as she extolls the virtues of managing a football team, frequently being…
Lauren Ashley Bishop
Sep 12, 2013 • 105 min
Pull off those white gloves and get down and dirty with cotillionairess Lauren Ashley Bishop (#nitTWITS) while she and Janet discuss the butterfly feeling of “limerence,” playing it safe (or boring?), and when real intimacy is created. If you’re not…
Ursula Whittaker
Sep 5, 2013 • 84 min
What becomes of an eight year-old who masters the LA public transit system, is the subject of an angry petition at school, and has imperfect feet? Find out with the lovely Ursula Whittaker, who schools Janet on the secrets of parental forgiveness and…
Jane Espenson
Aug 29, 2013 • 75 min
You’ll want to laminate Episode 76 of The JV Club, thanks to the fantastic conversational stylings of Jane Espenson (Once, Buffy The Vampire Slayer), who spins yarns about such matters as historically significant dollhouses, disappointing french…
Sara Watkins
Aug 22, 2013 • 85 min
Episode 75’s conversation provides guest Sara Watkins with innumerable ideas for songs yet-to-be-composed, including tiny horses and boogie boards.
Jackie Kashian
Aug 15, 2013 • 75 min
Proud Wisconsinite and Dork Forest podcast creator Jackie Kashian joins Janet for a discussion about the families we love - even as they drive us nuts- to books, books, and more books, with a sprinkling of dogs, dorks, and death thrown in for good…
Autumn Reeser
Aug 8, 2013 • 97 min
Two special guests join Janet in Episode 73, but only one of them - the fantastic Autumn Reeser (Thrilling Adventure Hour, No Ordinary Family) actually speaks. Topics include summer camp, the perennial talent of speedy typing, and getting attacked by…
Etta Devine
Aug 1, 2013 • 88 min
From growing up as a lovably snobby kid nerd in Chico, CA to making award-winning indie movies, Etta Devine (The Selling) talks saints, science and sugar in episode 72 of the podcast, where coincidental references to both the “N” word and the “V” word…
Emma Bates
Jul 25, 2013 • 78 min
The podcasting machine is revved up and ready with episode 71’s guest Emma Bates (Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing) for an in-depth look at love, loss, and the experiences that shape us… including living across the creek from someone named…
Laura Kightlinger
Jul 18, 2013 • 86 min
The talent of pleasing other people’s parents (but not your own), the allure of knowing your neighbors, and the thrill of wearing a boy’s class ring get their due in episode 70 of The JV Club, plus fantastic comedian, author, and guest Laura…
Jessica Makinson
Jul 11, 2013 • 85 min
Two Arizona gals talk backyard wonderlands, card catalogs, and being a girl in boy-centric worlds in Episode 69 of the podcast, featuring Janet’s dear friend and collaborator, Jessica Makinson (South Park). Includes a Junior Varsity advice segment!
Kristen Schaal
Jun 27, 2013 • 86 min
Janet and guest Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords) put the “cyst” back in “sisterhood” with tales of OBGYN terror, Twin Peaks-themed shopping malls, and good boys, bad boys, and no boys at all. Want more? How about the non-revelation of how…
Jolie Jenkins
Jun 20, 2013 • 93 min
Hold onto your hats and sew your glasses into your jacket pocket for this illuminating episode with writer and actress Jolie Jenkins (Body of Proof) as she and Janet delight in chagrin over misguided wardrobes, eating lunch in your car, and the powers…
Clea Duvall
Jun 13, 2013 • 73 min
The perennially awesome Clea Duvall (Argo, Girl Interrupted) talks bullying, bands, and bringing back your best vintage tees in episode sixty six of the podcast; meanwhile, Janet tries to come off as cool as Clea… and fails (no surprise there!).
Sara Benincasa
Jun 6, 2013 • 77 min
Can baton twirling lead to a promising fencing hobby? Can a tree administer psychological advice? Will Michael Caine leave his wife Shakira for Episode 65’s marvelous Sara Benincasa (Agorafabulous)? There are only two ways to find out: listen to the…
Christina Jasberg
May 30, 2013 • 94 min
Janet’s high school friend and mental health advocate Christina Jasberg travels from Tucson to rug-it-up with an intimate discussion about the roles of family history, brain chemistry, environment, hormones, and Scooby Doo in the life of a person…
Sex Nerd Sandra
May 23, 2013 • 110 min
Synergy Alert! Firing on all cylinders (and then some), Janet and Episode 63 guest Sandra Daugherty (Sex Nerd Sandra) give each other brain orgasms with a deep dive into intimacy and honesty, long term teen romance, and roughly 5,000 other things at once.
Christy Stratton Mann
May 16, 2013 • 97 min
It’s a little bit country, it’s a little bit rock ‘n roll… and it’s everything you’d hope from an eager-to-please Texan with a dream to cheerlead (that word doesn’t seem right without an “er” attached). Christy Stratton Mann (King of the Hill,…
Non-Emergency Emergency Broadcast
May 16, 2013 • 1 min
A quick mea culpa about this week’s episode with Christy Stratton Mann- and an update on a new episode coming out to replace it!
Casey Wilson
May 9, 2013 • 75 min
All quipping aside, Episode 61 with Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) is NOT sponsored… by anyone. But hey, It’s all good. There’s still plenty to chew on with topics like Girl Scouts, feminism, and the best and worst of Billy Joel.
Live from Bridgetown!
May 2, 2013 • 81 min
Janet is joined by returning guest Natasha Leggero and first-time JV “Club Foot” Karen Kilgariff in this live recording from Portland’s terrifically fun Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Music! Hats! Eggs!
Mindy Sterling
Apr 25, 2013 • 85 min
It’s sort of a conversation between Korra and Lin Beifong as Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers) joins Janet in Episode 59, and yes, they DO discuss The Legend of Korra. Other topics include the etiquette of neighbors and barking dogs, the renowned LA…
Susan Orlean
Apr 18, 2013 • 81 min
This week multiple literal and metaphorical doors are knocked on and opened when Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief! The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup! Many other amazing books and essays!) and special guest star, her son Austin, stop by to unsettle Scott…
Lucy Davis
Apr 11, 2013 • 82 min
The world turns upside-down when guest Lucy Davis (original UK’s The Office) shocks Janet with the news that in Britain, blankets are called rugs. More startling revelations, hearty laughs, and shameless mutual Emma Thompson idol-worship round out…
Emily Gordon
Apr 4, 2013 • 87 min
Doughnuts, Cigarettes, and Hot Sauce, Oh My! It’s Episode 56 with Emily Gordon (The Indoor Kids) chock-full of fond remembrances of first kisses, My So Called Life, and the once-pervasive Manic Panic hair dye, the use of which apparently makes you a…
Constance Zimmer
Mar 28, 2013 • 102 min
Prompting the occasion for a friendly, folksy episode description, Janet’s nearby neighbor Constance Zimmer drops by (with fresh-squeezed juice, no less) for a chat ranging from spiders to barbies to what seems like it might be a record-breakingly…
Lynn Chen
Mar 21, 2013 • 100 min
How do YOU pronounce the word “nougat?” Janet and guest Lynn Chen (The Actor’s Diet blog) take a big bite out of the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of food. Also on the menu: when vanity bites you back, doorknocker earrings, and the savory churro…
Andrea Savage
Mar 14, 2013 • 84 min
Nudity, nudity, and more nudity. And some other stories that don’t involve nude people in this episode of The JV Club with the delightful Andrea Savage (Stepbrothers), including anecdotes about farting and cologne. Yes, these two women are technically…
Sarah Silverman
Mar 7, 2013 • 67 min
It’s the first anniversary of the JV Club and what better way than to spend it with the one and only* Sarah Silverman? *Janet discovers that there is in fact more than one Sarah Silverman out there. But this is THAT Sarah Silverman.
Michaela Watkins
Feb 28, 2013 • 89 min
It’s a campfire-worthy episode of The JV Club with guest Michaela Watkins (Wanderlust) as she and Janet settle in for an evening of conversation about ghosts, close encounters of the litter kind, and pursuing careers in the spiritual realm.
Carla Gallo
Feb 21, 2013 • 94 min
It’s an embarrassment of riches… or maybe just an embarrassment of embarrassments in episode 50 (Wow! We made it to 50!) with ridiculously fun guest Carla Gallo (Bones) - complete with revealing stories about prom nights gone awry, blooming late,…
Live at SF Sketchfest with Tig Notaro
Feb 14, 2013 • 98 min
In this second-ever live episode of The JV Club, first-ever returning guest Tig Notaro sits onstage with Janet at SF Sketchfest in San Francisco to discuss the events of her life since the last time they recorded together. What follows is a frank,…
Lin Shaye
Feb 7, 2013 • 76 min
A far cry from the overly-tan, dog-frenching Magda of There’s Something About Mary fame, actress Lin Shaye gives Janet a peek into her aptly-named girl gang The Coquettes, the challenge of a corkscrew ponytail, and what you can expect from a…
Erica Rhodes
Jan 31, 2013 • 72 min
Episode 47’s guest Erica Rhodes gives Janet a peek into the cruel world adolescent ballet, the passionate poetry borne of a broken heart, and the balance between ambition and contentment. Plus, Janet geeks out over Erica’s involvement with the…
Paget Brewster
Jan 24, 2013 • 89 min
Take an evening walk down a quiet street or spend an afternoon riding your bike through the woods… or at least listen to Janet and guest Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) revel in the magic of unstructured time spent alone in this episode, where Paget…
Morgan Walsh
Jan 17, 2013 • 79 min
It’s an episode filled with mystery as Janet and guest Morgan Walsh (Burning Love) shower praise on the magic of Portland, Oregon and then begin to wonder if they share a dad. Further intrigue abounds with talk of living a double life in high…
Kristen Rutherford
Jan 10, 2013 • 80 min
Episode 44 brings you guest Kristen Rutherford (Geek and Sundry) and everything that comes along with her, which in this case includes discussions on fairy houses, supermarket birthday cake, and and being horrible in groups. Bonus: Kristen opens a…
Erinn Hayes
Jan 3, 2013 • 78 min
It’s a teenage diary showdown as Janet and Episode 42 guest Erinn Hayes (Childrens Hospital) marvel at the shocking similarity between their respective angst-scribbles. Further parallels abound as the two discuss being hot in baggy clothes,…
Carly Craig
Dec 20, 2012 • 83 min
Janet and guest Carly Craig (Role Models) share a metaphorical school locker together and fill it with a conversation about the companionship of volleyball and the isolation of swimming (echoing Mary Lynn Rajskub’s ep!), the liberation of writing your…
Leslie Bibb
Dec 13, 2012 • 83 min
Janet accuses guest Leslie Bibb (Iron Man) of having a Harper Lee novel-worthy childhood in Episode 41, amidst a powow covering the dangers of altruism, being fearless in your fashion statements, and standing on the balls of your feet.
Vanessa Ragland
Dec 6, 2012 • 71 min
If a low-key conversational podcast episode can be described as zany and madcap, this might be that episode. Which is just a nice way of describing an oft-interrupted Episode 40 with the disarming, adorable Vanessa Ragland (Pop My Culture podcast),…
Janie Haddad Tompkins
Nov 29, 2012 • 88 min
Guest Janie Haddad Tompkins (Janie and Aaron Does Hollywood) and Janet delve into a cornucopia of topics including the fear of inappropriate earthquake attire, the extremely specific cache’ of growing up on a small island in the 80’s, and boys,…
Tess Rafferty
Nov 22, 2012 • 75 min
Writer and comedian Tess Rafferty (The Soup) joins Janet to debate the pros and cons of Barbie dolls, the pressure of “The Five Year Plan,” the delights of a good table setting, and how to reconnect with the art of your art.
Alison Rosen
Nov 15, 2012 • 90 min
It’s a long one! The longest yet! Alison Rosen (Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend, The Adam Corolla Show) lounges on the rug with Janet to give you an earful of wonderings about the parallel between old-school modems and human emotions, how it…
Kathleen Rose Perkins
Nov 8, 2012 • 86 min
The charming Kathleen Rose Perkins (Episodes) recounts the joys and challenges of being a certified bird-owner, being heard in a family of boys, and what we’re really doing when we’re eating eggs. Want more? Find out where Kathleen’s future home is,…
Amy Acker
Nov 1, 2012 • 65 min
It’s a trip around the world with Episode 35’s guest Amy Acker (Person of Interest, Angel) — or at least a trip around Dallas, Japan, and pumpkin festivals, with a little high school drill team, country western dancing, and a horrible arachnid…
Stephanie Escajeda
Oct 25, 2012 • 80 min
Janet and guest and friend Stephanie Escajeda ramble down memory lane, stopping to reflect on the joys of Mexican holidays, shooting hoops with your brothers (all nine of them!), dating your local version of Johnny Depp (complete with the heartbreak…
Live at LA Podfest with Lizzy Caplan
Oct 18, 2012 • 71 min
Episode 33 was recorded live at the LA Podcast Festival on Saturday, October 13th and features the ridiculously cool Lizzy Caplan and the insanely talented Priscilla Ahn. You can expect references to nerdy apocalypse movies, boobs, and some surprising…
Tig Notaro
Oct 11, 2012 • 70 min
This episode of the JV Club was recorded in 2011 and features the stunningly awesome Tig Notaro… as she and Janet deconstruct the intense appeal of Chrissie Hynde, taking the road (or roads) less traveled to find your individual success, and the…
Abigail Spencer
Oct 4, 2012 • 74 min
Tensions are high as the final two contestants of Burning Love (Janet and Abigail Spencer) face off to discuss counterculture of surfing, discovering Barbra Streisand, the rush of a flea market find, and the emotional magnetism of the City of Angels.
Jennifer Finnigan
Sep 27, 2012 • 71 min
Zut Alors! It’s the merveilleuse Montreal-born Jennifer Finnigan (Better With You) joining Janet to celebrate the thrill of a good scary movie, the magic of a potluck, and how a little girl who wanted to be a nun ended up winning three daytime Emmys.
Cara Santa Maria
Sep 20, 2012 • 68 min
Think an episode with a scientist will be all about genetics, space travel, and neurons? Think again. Janet and guest Cara Santa Maria (Talk Nerdy To Me) delve into their shared experience of a childhood attending LDS church, ballooning raver pants,…
Erin Gibson
Sep 13, 2012 • 76 min
Bad home perms! “Flesh” colored tights! Platonic love affairs! Janet and awesome guest Erin Gibson (Throwing Shade) jaw a little about suburban Texas and a lot about women in comedy, the way girls learn to compete, and then wonder why everything has…
Elizabeth Laime
Sep 6, 2012 • 74 min
Podcast darling Elizabeth Laime muses about the drunken poodle purchases, being at the bottom of a cheerleading pyramid, reconnecting with your junior high crush… and the heartbreak of loss when it visits you young. This could be considered a…
Grey DeLisle
Aug 30, 2012 • 76 min
The 26th episode of The JV Club finds Janet delighting in the glorious Grey DeLisle with a conversation about red lipstick, giant hair bows, oversharing with your son, and having a grandmother whose uncommon beauty caused car accidents. Disclaimer:…
Yvette Nicole Brown
Aug 23, 2012 • 73 min
Community fans rejoice! JV Club guest Yvette Nicole Brown rounds out the ladies of the beloved NBC series with a gab about bidding farewell to the snowstorms of Ohio, the undeniable genius of The Golden Girls, and the heart-swelling lyrics of DeBarge.
Suzanne Santo
Aug 16, 2012 • 76 min
Honeyhoney founder and lead singer Suzanne Santo joins Janet for a relaxed ramble about the joys of Cleveland, Ohio, naked lady hangouts, and how to handle it when your mom reads your diary. Plus: two amazing Honeyhoney songs!
Julian Melson
Aug 9, 2012 • 63 min
In an unusual departure from the standard JV Club routine, Janet interviews her first male guest: Julian Melson, who also happens to be transgender. In other words, teen Julian was a teenaged girl. Technically. Together they discuss Burt Reynold’s…
Kulap Vilaysack
Aug 2, 2012 • 76 min
Episode 22 of The JV Club welcomes the wonderful Kulap Vilaysack (Childrens Hospital, Who Charted?) for a frank and emotional discussion about tumultuous families, getting comfortable with ‘being a threat,’ and the kind of sweet sweet lovin’ that can…
Alison Brie
Jul 26, 2012 • 80 min
Episode 21 of The JV Club finds Janet and guest Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) spontaneously writing a movie pitch, discussing the bathroom-centric challenges of leotards, and even catching a few cooties with a fan-made cootie catcher. If you…
Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider
Jul 19, 2012 • 71 min
Who ruined a competition for her whole team? Who showed up with a VERY surprising prom date? Does anyone actually like the word “horny?” Celebrate the dying of your taste buds with Janet and guests Dannah Feinglass Phirman (Word Girl) and Danielle…
Grace Bonney
Jul 12, 2012 • 66 min
Janet’s extreme addiction to the much-lauded Design*Sponge is evident in Episode 19 with DS founder Grace Bonney, who pontificates on her erstwhile love of Phish, the satisfaction of abandoning Laura Ashley, and the glory of My So Called Life.
Maria Bamford
Jul 5, 2012 • 78 min
Episode Eighteen of The JV Club defies you to find another podcast that covers ALL of these conversation essentials: stationary hewn from elephant poo; a fear of what we’ll call “Plastic Man arms;” and using blood to secure a first class airplane…
April Richardson
Jun 28, 2012 • 78 min
If you have an irrational fear of abandoned construction equipment or an intense love of John Waters’ original Hairspray, this is the discussion for you. It’s also for you if you like fantastic people, because April Richardson (Chelsea Lately)…
Melanie Lynskey
Jun 21, 2012 • 63 min
Melanie Lynskey gracefully navigates Janet’s extreme doting, a dog bark or two, and way too many questions about the film Heavenly Creatures in Episode 16’s foray into life in New Zealand, crushing on Beck, and whether freezing in place creates…
Beth Dover and Erica Oyama
Jun 14, 2012 • 71 min
It’s a two-fer-one this week with Burning Love’s co-creator, Erica Oyama, and one of the series’ stars, Beth Dover! If old gum commercials are right, that means double the fun— with tidbits about working at the South Korean version of Disneyland,…
Deanna Russo
Jun 7, 2012 • 69 min
Continuing the celebration of the release of the new webseries Burning Love, Janet and guest Deanna Russo verbally-cross-country-run themselves over a lot of ground, including the Lyme Disease bullseye, the pitfalls of posing for Playboy, and a…
Malin Akerman
May 31, 2012 • 67 min
The radiant Malin Akerman (Rock of Ages, Watchmen) sits down with Janet to reflect on the familiar comfort of a Sears catalog, the perennial sexual appeal of a good drummer, bluffing your way into Catholic school, and proof that there’s no poetry…
Mary Lynn Rajskub
May 24, 2012 • 54 min
It’s imaginary-mimed-pedicure time! Janet and guest Mary Lynn Rajskub pretend to get their feet pampered while they discuss the lone wolf aspect of swim team, vomiting in a tent, and guys who make pottery… with a pinch of accidentally stumbling into…
Connie Chung
May 17, 2012 • 63 min
She tackled television journalism on all the major networks. But before that: She survived the hormones of four older sisters. She learned how to make beer work in her favor. She dated an Eagle. Join guest Connie Chung for a chat about family,…
Jen Kirkman
May 10, 2012 • 74 min
The podcast’s first listener-generated interview! You asked (most) of the questions, and Jen Kirkman was up for the task. Find out what she and Janet have to say about Judy Blume, making out in basements, ironic greeting cards and more in Episode 10…
Angela Kinsey
May 3, 2012 • 67 min
Is it easy to go from the bustling streets of Jakarta to the country roads of Archer City with a little Dallas in between? Don’t miss this rare opportunity to find out what “wall bangs” are, how to con your way into an internship on a popular talk…
Jessica St. Clair
Apr 26, 2012 • 64 min
Celebrate living in the moment— which in this case includes “moments” devoted to excessive cheek blush, dead teeth, and the raw sexual power of Night Court and Three’s Company— from one of the creators and stars of NBC’s BFFs, Jessica St….
Kerri Kenney-Silver
Apr 19, 2012 • 61 min
Kerri Kenney-Silver (Wanderlust, The State) hunkers down on Janet’s floor to charm and delight with the classics: poorly-received cheerleader tryouts, inevitable class clownism, and accidentally forming a band that ended up touring with Neil Young.
Natasha Leggero
Apr 12, 2012 • 47 min
Capsizing school buses. Pen pal cruelty. Nude photography. In other words, just another high school memoir. Note: this episode also contains a high amount of violently loud outbursts of laughter in the form of A. Cackles* (*Natasha Leggero) and B….
Laraine Newman
Apr 5, 2012 • 58 min
Possibly the only Saturday Night Live cast member who not only founded The Groundlings but who also sported a chic BACK BRACE in high school, Laraine Newman reminisces over rubber animal erasers, evil gym coaches, and the wonders and woes of having…
Maggie Lawson
Mar 29, 2012 • 60 min
When should parents start letting their children pour their own cereal? Could an addiction to My Little Ponies be Kentucky Derby-related? Can anyone really BELONG to thunder? Another hard-hitting episode of The JV Club explores the the mind and…
Gillian Jacobs
Mar 22, 2012 • 65 min
Finally, a conversation that covers two of the most seminal influences on contemporary culture: playwright George Bernard Shaw and the oft-overlooked screen gem Mannequin Two: On the Move. All this and more with Gillian Jacobs, who turned heads…
June Diane Raphael
Mar 15, 2012 • 67 min
Episode 2 of the JV Club brings together Janet and guest June Raphael (NTSF:SD:SUV:, Bride Wars). And they don’t waste any time getting into it about the perils of lip gloss, getting gooey over their favorite iconic redheads, and the fascinating topic…
Christina Hendricks
Mar 2, 2012 • 56 min
Throw on your tunic and Birkenstocks for a chat about small towns, the fierce passion of Celine Dion, and the importance of special effects in high school stage productions of Agnes of God.